Bin Hammam handed life ban after resigning from FIFA roles
December 17, 2012 -- Updated 1848 GMT (0248 HKT)
Asian Confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam has been banned from soccer for life by FIFA.
- Mohamed Bin Hammam resigns from his roles with FIFA, soccer's governing body
- FIFA statement says Bin Hammam will never be active in organized football again
- The Qatari has been in dispute with FIFA since being found guilty of bribery in July 2011
- Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld bin Hammam's appeal against punishment
(CNN) -- Mohamed Bin Hammam has resigned from his roles within FIFA and will never be active in organized football again, soccer's world governing body has announced.
The Qatari was president of the Asian Football Confederation between August 2002 and August 2011 and had a place on the FIFA Executive Committee.
Bin Hammam was accused of issuing bribes to members of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), including former North American soccer head Jack Warner, in exchanges for votes during his ill-fated FIFA presidential campaign against current chief Sepp Blatter.
He denied the charges and vowed to clear his name. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) subsequently annulled his lifetime ban from FIFA based on a lack of evidence, though the body stressed the 63-year-old had not been found innocent.
Read: Bin Hammam's FIFA ban overturned
Kickbacks and cover-ups at FIFA?
FIFA in crisis over bribery scandal
FIFA VP supports 2022 winter switch
But FIFA said Bin Hammam has resigned with immediate effect from all his roles in a letter dated December 15 and that his life ban was based on a report by Michael Garcia, chair of their Ethics Committee.
A statement on FIFA's website read: "Mohamed Bin Hammam, FIFA Executive Committee member and AFC President, has resigned from all his positions in football with immediate effect and will never be active in organised football again.
"In view of the fact that under the new FIFA Code of Ethics, the FIFA Ethics Committee remains competent to render a decision even if a person resigns, the Adjudicatory Chamber decided to ban Mohamed Bin Hammam from all football-related activity for life.
"This life ban is based on the final report of Michael J. Garcia, Chairman of the Investigatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.
"That report showed repeated violations of Article 19 (Conflict of Interest) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, edition 2012, of Mohamed Bin Hammam during his terms as AFC President and as member of the FIFA Executive Committee in the years 2008 to 2011, which justified a life-long ban from all football related activity."
Bin Hammam emerged as the only challenger to Blatter in FIFA's presidential elections back in June 2011 but withdrew 24 hours before the ballot after being provisionally suspended by the organization.
Blatter, who was cleared by the same inquiry, stood unopposed to win his third straight term as head of the governing body.
The accusations centered around a meeting of Caribbean officials in Trinidad where it is alleged the Qatari offered cash for votes. He has consistently denied the claims.
But his resignation signals the end of his involvement in the running of football.
Part of complete coverage on
Be part of CNN's coverage of European Champions League matches and join the social debate.
December 16, 2013 -- Updated 1754 GMT (0154 HKT)
Cristiano Ronaldo has opened a museum dedicated to his glittering football career in his hometown of Funchal.
Jurgen Klinsmann may face his greatest footballing challenge after a tough World Cup draw for his U.S. team, says CNN's Don Riddell.
December 9, 2013 -- Updated 1020 GMT (1820 HKT)
Spain will face the Netherlands in a rematch of the 2010 World Cup final, as the draw for Brazil next year brings up some intriguing clashes.
Who will your country face at next year's World Cup finals in Brazil? See how the draw played out on our live blog.
CNN's Alex Thomas takes a brave punt on the 2014 champion ahead of Friday's World Cup draw.
December 5, 2013 -- Updated 1835 GMT (0235 HKT)
Pele has backed Brazil to deliver a "fantastic" World Cup amid growing fears the country will not be ready in time to host football's showpiece event.
December 4, 2013 -- Updated 1500 GMT (2300 HKT)
Adidas unveils official match ball, the Brazuca, and CEO Herbert Hainer discusses the tech behind it.
November 29, 2013 -- Updated 2209 GMT (0609 HKT)
Zahir Belounis contemplated suicide as he was stuck in Qatar for two years. But the footballer says it still deserves to host the 2022 World Cup.
November 29, 2013 -- Updated 1708 GMT (0108 HKT)
As he celebrates his 40th birthday, just what is the secret to Ryan Giggs' longevity?
Two Belgian "brain coaches" are helping transform AC Milan from big-spender to developer of young talent, says CNN's John Sinnott.
October 22, 2013 -- Updated 1457 GMT (2257 HKT)
Shootings, attempted assassinations and intimidation - welcome to Libyan football in 2013.
October 18, 2013 -- Updated 1129 GMT (1929 HKT)
Zahir Belounis' limbo existence is almost at an end. After a two-year nightmare, he has been told he will finally receive his Qatari exit visa.
October 10, 2013 -- Updated 1101 GMT (1901 HKT)
France's multicultural stars shone brightest at the World Cup 15 years ago -- now could it be Belgium's turn to do the same in Brazil next year?
Adnan Januzaj and Diego Costa have highlighted a major dilemma for international football, says CNN's John Sinnott.
CNN's Alex Thomas reports from FIFA HQ after the ruling body delayed its decision on the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
FIFA's credibility rides on finding a solution to the Qatar World Cup controversy, says CNN's Ben Wyatt.
Today's five most popular stories