Bin Hammam suspended by AFC following new bribery scandal

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Kuala Lumpur: Former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed bin Hammam has been suspended by the governing body after an internal audit revealed more wrongdoings from the Qatari official.

Bin Hammam is banned from all football-related activity for life for alleged corruption and bribery in the race for the 2010 Fifa presidential elections, in which he was running against Sepp Blatter.

A year-long audit carried out by independent international firm Pricewaterhouse Coopers has now revealed irregularities in the "negotiation and execution of certain contracts" and in "financial transactions made in and out of AFC bank accounts and Bin Hammam`s personal bank account."

Bin Hammam is suspected of bribery, acts of conflict of interest, and "accepting gifts and benefits," according to the AFC.

The 63-year-old has been provisionally suspended from taking part in any AFC-related activity for a period no longer than 30 days until a final decision is made by the governing body. This period can be extended once, by no more than 20 days.

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