FIFA investigators want Qatar Football Association (QFA) vice-president Saoud Al Mohannadi to be banned for “failure to properly co-operate and provide truthful information” in an investigation.
The investigators, from the ethics committee of world football’s governing body, have not confirmed the nature of the investigation but said it did not relate to Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid.
They have recommended that ethics judges impose a ban on Al Mohannadi of “no less than two years and six months” for three violations of FIFA’s code of ethics.
Al Mohannadi, also a former general secretary of the QFA, is among four Asian Football Confederation candidates currently competing for two vacant FIFA seats.
“The investigation against Mr Al Mohannadi concerned his failure to properly co-operate and provide truthful information to the investigatory chamber in the framework of another investigation not related to the awarding of the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” a statement from the investigatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee said.
“In his final report, the chief of the investigation [Djimbaraye Bourngar] recommends imposing a ban of no less than two years and six months on Mr Al Mohannadi.”
But the statement stressed that “until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, the accused party is presumed innocent.”