It has been a tumultuous few months for Mohamed Bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Confederation and once a FIFA presidential hopeful.
Bin Hammam, a Qatari, has been mired in corruption allegations since May, when he was suspended from all football duties pending an investigation into bribery charges.
FIFA is expected to deliver the results of that investigation this weekend, and will decide whether Bin Hammam will be permanently banned from the game- and thus from playing any part in Qatar’s hosting of the 2022 World Cup.
Media reports state that it doesn’t look good for Hammam, who is accused of bribing members of the Caribbean Football Union during his campaign against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.
If he is cleared, it would be a result more unlikely than the one staged by Qatar in December. The joy would be just as intense on a personal level but similarly wild celebrations in Doha are unlikely if rumours that the ruling family of Qatar wants a guilty verdict are to be believed.
The logic goes that Bin Hammam’s survival will only make his opponents more likely to look into the 2022 bidding process by way of revenge. It sounds a bit far-fetched, but in the world of FIFA stranger things have happened.
Bin Hammam maintains his innocence and has said the charges against him are politically motivated.
What do you guys think will happen on Saturday?
Image courtesy of Bin Hammam’s Facebook page.