15 October 2014 14:23
The president of the Mongolian Football Federation has received a five-year ban from all football-related activity for bribery offences.
Ganbold Buyannemekh has been given the sanction for soliciting and accepting payments from Mohamed bin Hammam, the former president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) who is serving a lifetime ban.
The punishment, handed down by FIFA’s ethics committee, relates to payements accepted by Buyannemekh from Bin Hammam during the latter’s campaign for the FIFA presidency in 2011 and election to the executive committee in 2009.
A FIFA statement read: “The adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has decided to ban the President of the Mongolian Football Federation, Ganbold Buyannemekh, from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of five years.
“Mr Buyannemekh solicited and accepted payments [from Mr Mohamed bin Hammam] in the context of the elections for the FIFA Executive Committee at the AFC Congress in 2009 as well as the FIFA presidential election in 2011.
“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.
“The ban is effective as from 15 October 2014, the date on which the present decision was notified.”
Bin Hammam’s candidacy for the FIFA presidency came to an end amid allegations of offering financial incentives to officials in the Caribbean.
The Qatari was later banned for life from all from all football activities as a result and, although that suspension was overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), Bin Hammam was given a second lifetime ban after conflicts of interest in his role as AFC president were identified.