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Who is next? A Qatar-Gate Update (GoalNepal Columnist Mohan Baruwal Writes...)
Oct 18, 2014 08:24:33 AM
GoalNepal.com - Who is next? A Qatar-Gate Update (GoalNepal Columnist Mohan Baruwal Writes...)
In June 1, 2014, the Sunday Times UK published an investigative article on payments made by Mohamed Bin Hammam to Football bosses across Asia.
 

GoalNepal published the article which named several individuals who had received money from Hammam including Ganesh Thapa, the ANFA President. Given the recent investigations against ANFA officials by PAC, it might be interesting to see what has happened to the officials who were "named and shamed" in the Qatar-Gate scandal.

See the table below. It is clear that most of the individuals named in the article have either been suspended by FIFA or by their own Football Federation. If the trend is to continue, I wonder who is going to be banned next.

Given the current ANFA situation, a betting man wouldn’t mind putting some money on Ganesh Thapa. But, then again, it depends upon how serious PAC and the Ministry of Youth and Sports are in completing the investigation, and whether they will be allowed to do so.

Name, Accusation & Current Situation


Mohammed Bin Hammam, President of Asian Football Confederation (AFC) – 2001 – 2011.

Accusation: He is accused of making financial payments to Presidents of several footballing nations to help him get elected to the FIFA Executive Committee (2009) and the FIFA Presidency (2011)

Current Situation: He has been banished for life by FIFA in December 2012. The decision was taken based on art. 83 par. 1 in fine of the FIFA Code of Ethics, in order to prevent interference with the establishment of the truth in respect of a preliminary investigation initiated pursuant to article 62 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Vernon Manilal Fernando, FIFA Ex-Co Member, Chairman of Management Committee - Sri Lanka

Accusation: He is the key person responsible for offering bribes to key officials on behalf of Hammam. He was investigated for making cash payment of US $20,000 to Alberto Colaco, Secretary of All India Football Federation (AIFF) 

Current Situation: He has been banned for life by FIFA in October 2013. The lifetime ban has been imposed on Mr Fernando for violations of art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits), art. 21 (Bribery and corruption), and art. 42 (General obligation to collaborate) of the FIFA Code of Ethics, 2012 edition.

Ganbold Buyannemekh, President, Mongolian Football Association

Accusation: He received money in 2009 & 2011. He received $40,000 in his daughter’s account.

Current Situation: He has been banned for 5 years by FIFA. He was found guilty for violations of art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits), art. 21 (Bribery and corruption), and art. 42 (General obligation to collaborate) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

Rahif Alameh, General Secretary of Lebanese Football Association

Accusation: He received $100,000 in his personal account in 2009

Current Situation: He has resigned from his post in February 2012 due to stress.

Jose Mari Martinez, President, Philippine Football Federation

Accusation: He received $60,000 cash, $11,226 towards hospital expenses and $6,000 towards travel and accommodation

Current Situation: He was removed from office by Philippines Football Federation in 2010 for falsification of public documents. He died in 2013

Ahmed Sayed Al Fatah, Communication Manager, Bangladesh Football Federation

Accusation: Ahmed received $25,000 towards his FIFA Masters Program Fees.

Al Musabbir Sadi, General Secretary, Bangladesh Football Federation

Accusation: Al Musabbir received $20,000 towards his cancer treatment.

Current Situation:
Both Ahmed and Al Musabbir had left the BFF when the Hammam scandal was exposed. Al Musabbir has since passed away due to cancer. He died in May 2011

Ganesh Thapa, President, All Nepal Football Federation

Accusation: Received $100,000 in his son’s account in 2009. Received $115,000 in his personal account in 2010

Current Situation: Subject to ongoing investigations. He denies any wrong doing. He has claimed that he borrowed a loan from Hammam one time and the other transaction is related to a business he co-owns with Hammam. Nobody knows what business he owns. It is surprising why the Nepal Government and PAC have not looked into his personal business interests.

Francisco Kalbuadi Lay, President, Timor Leste

Accusation: He received $50,000 from Hammam.
Current Situation: He is still President of Timor Leste Football Federation and an AFC Standing Committee Member. There is a blog which has published a bogus report on his suspension by FIFA

Faisal Saleh Hayat, President, Pakistan Football Federation

Accusation:
He received $15,000 in 2010. He is alleged to have close contact with Manilal Fernando. There are that he was involved in Qatar-gate controversy.

Current Situation: He is currently a member of the FIFA Strategic Committee.

Baruwal is a critic of Nepalese football. Comments are welcome.
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