Mohammed bin Hammam

Mohammed Bin Hammam

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Mohamed bin Hammam (; born 8 May 1949) is a Qatari who was formerly a football administrator and president of the Asian Football Confederation from 1 August 2002 to 14 June 2011, and a member of FIFA's 24-man executive committee from 1996 to 2011 for more than 15 years. On 23 July 2011, bin Hammam was banned for life from all FIFA and football related activities by an action of its Ethics Committee.

Early life

He was born on 8 May 1949 in Doha, Qatar. His father was a businessman and his mother was a nurse. He has two sons, Hamad, who lives in Washington, D.C., and Ziad. He worked in Qatar's football confederation from 1972 to 1996.

Presidency of AFC

During his time at the helm, he has overseen the creation of the AFC Champions League and the acceptance of Australia into the AFC. He has also initiated the strategic development program called Vision Asia extreme golf club. He has been a FIFA Executive Member since 1996.He has opposed the participation of the Wellington Phoenix team in the Asian Champions League. He was re-elected once again in 5 January 2011.

In March 2011, he called upon Arab and Muslim nations to play the Palestine national football team at the Faisal Al-Husseini International Stadium: "I hope that all Arab and Muslim teams will come here to play matches against Palestine at their own home ground". A number of...
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