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FIFA VP resigns, official says Bin Hammam should follow suit

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FIFA Vice President Jack Warner has resigned from his post, and one official says Mohamed Bin Hammam should do the same.

Bin Hammam, a Qatari, was the sole contender against Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency before pulling out of the race last month over corruption charges.

Both he and Warner were suspended over bribery allegations three weeks ago and have denied any wrongdoing.

The Guardian reports:

Warner resigned from Fifa on Monday, meaning he is no longer under its jurisdiction, and there has been speculation that Bin Hammam may do the same. But it is understood that is not the case, despite calls from some officials for him to step down.

Peter Velappan, the former general secretary of the AFC, said: “He should just resign because of the allegations. It would be good for football. This has been going on for so many years. He should follow Warner, strike a deal with Fifa and say goodbye.”

…Warner may still hold the key to the inquiry, however. Fifa expects him to meet investigators this week, where he will be asked about Bin Hammam’s visit and if there is overwhelming evidence then Bin Hammam may be forced to quit.

Meanwhile, FIFA President Sepp Blatter reaffirmed his faith in Jerome Valcke, the governing body’s secretary general. 

Valcke embarrassed FIFA with a comment in a private email that Qatar had “bought” hosting rights for the 2022 World Cup. 

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