FIFA says ethics committee opens proceedings against Qatari official

Tue Sep 6, 2016 10:49am EDT
 
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ZURICH (Reuters) - Global soccer governing body FIFA said on Tuesday its ethics watchdog had opened proceedings against high-ranking Qatari soccer official Saoud Al-Mohannadi.

"The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, under its chairman Hans-Joachim Eckert, has opened formal adjudicatory proceedings against the Vice-President of the Qatar Football Association (QFA) and former General Secretary of the QFA, Saoud Al-Mohannadi, based on the final report submitted by the investigatory chamber," Zurich-based FIFA said in a statement.

In August, a FIFA investigator recommended Mohannadi be banned from the game for at least 2 1/2 years over allegations of non-cooperation with an inquiry.

The recommendation did not give details on the inquiry. The FIFA watchdog only said the inquiry was not linked to the awarding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar - one of the cases at the center of wider investigations and allegations that have rocked the soccer organization since last year.

(Reporting by John Revill)

 
Qatar Football Association general secretary Saoud Al-Mohannadi (5th L), FIFA representative Gabriel Calderon of Argentina (4th R) and soccer coach Bora Milutinovic (R) pose with others next to the FIFA World Cup trophy following its arrival in Doha, on a tour, December 12, 2013.  REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad