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.
He was born on 8 May 1949 in Doha
. 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
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... Read More