Qatar Football Association backs Mohannadi

 04 Sep 2016 - 12:41

Qatar Football Association backs Mohannadi
Saoud A Aziz Al Mohannadi (Photo: QFA)

 

DOHA:  Qatar Football Association (QFA) yesterday issued a statement expressing disappointment  over  the  recommendation of the Investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee on suspending QFA Vice-president Saoud A Aziz Al Mohannadi for two and a half years.
QFA stated the following: With reference to the Media Release issued  yesterday  by  the  Investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee regarding Saoud A Aziz Al Mohannadi, Qatar Football Association Vice-president  and  former  General  Secretary, who is currently candidate for a position on the FIFA Council to be voted in the  AFC  Extraordinary  Congress  2016 on next 27 September in Goa, India, the QFA expresses its strong disappointment for the Media Release mentioned above, which  was  issued  without  informing Al Mohannadi that even the investigation proceedings against him have been concluded.
Al Mohannadi has not yet seen the Investigatory chamber’s report, so he is not able to comment on its substance. However, he as well as the QFA are both confident that a full and fair review of the matter will confirm that he has cooperated  extensively and candidly with the Ethics Committee and that any charges against him are without legiti-
mate basis.
Furthermore, as also stated by the same aforesaid Media Release, until a formal decision is taken by the Adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Al Mohannadi is presumed innocent.
Regarding  the  candidature  of  Al Mohannadi for the position on the FIFA Council, the QFA stresses that – as also communicated by the AFC General Secretary to the QFA on 12 August 2016 – the Chairman of the FIFA Review Committee  concluded  the  candidature  of  Al Mohannadi complied with the eligibility requirements and therefore could be admitted as candidate for the FIFA Council election, despite it was informed that an investigation proceeding against him was  pending  before  the  Investigatory  chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

QNA