The fallout from the 2011 Fifa presidential election scandal has resumed with world football’s governing body today (Wednesday) banning Mongolian Football Federation president Ganbold Buyannemekh for five years for taking bribes from Mohamed bin Hammam.
Fifa’s Ethics Committee ruled that Buyannemekh solicited and accepted payments from Bin Hammam in the “context” of the elections for the Fifa Executive Committee at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress in 2009, as well as the Fifa presidential election in 2011.
He was found guilty of violating six articles of the Fifa Code of Ethics including general rules of conduct; duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting; conflicts of interest; offering and accepting gifts and other benefits; bribery and corruption; and general obligation to collaborate.
Former Fifa Executive Committee member Bin Hammam stepped out of football and received a second life ban from Fifa in December 2012. Fifa imposed the life suspension for ‘conflicts of interest’ while Bin Hammam was president of the AFC. The Qatari was first banned by Fifa in July 2011 after bribery allegations emerged during his bid to challenge incumbent Fifa president Sepp Blatter. That suspension was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July 2012. Bin Hammam has always denied any wrongdoing in the matter.
Buyannemekh’s five-year ban is effective from today.