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Evidence against Bin Hammam grows

  • AP, Saturday, July 21, 2012 12:41 AM

Mohamed bin Hammam's troubles aren't over.

On Thursday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport lifted the Qatari's life ban from soccer imposed by FIFA for his role in a vote-buying scheme in the Caribbean during his 2011 bid for the FIFA presidency.

On Friday, details of an audit of his activities as Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president were shown to AP. The audit detailed how he spent $700,000 from AFC bank accounts to conduct family business --  $10,000 on a Bulgari watch for himself and nearly $5,000 for his daughter's cosmetic dentistry, among others -- how he paid soccer officials around the world -- $250,000 to Concacaf's Jack Warner -- and how he negotiated contracts on his own.

The audit found that an AFC contract with World Sports Group and its subsidiary World Sports Football were no-bid contracts and "considerably undervalued." A $14 million payment from companies with stakes in World Sports Group was made to the AFC for the ''personal use of its president,'' the report said.

World Sport Group's CEO and founder is Seamus O'Brien, chairman of the New York Cosmos, who recently was awarded an NASL franchise.

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