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Later in June, Warner resigned from his posts as FIFA Vice-President and CONCACAF President.
FIFA inexplicably ended its investigation into Warner. In fact, FIFA even went so far as to say Warner would be presumed innocent:
Bin Hammam, the man who contemplated a run against Blatter in the FIFA Presidential election, wasn't so lucky. He received a lifetime ban from football in July. Clearly, the two situations had nothing to do with each other.
In his defense, Bin Hammam's legal team said the following:
The Fifa ethics committee has apparently based its decision upon so called 'circumstantial' evidence which our case has clearly demonstrated was bogus and founded on lies told by a senior FIFA official.
We have strictly observed the legal rules regarding the confidentiality of these proceedings and not shared our evidence, which is compelling, with the media.
Fifa, either directly or through third parties, appears to have done the opposite with selective and continual leaking of documentation that has been part of these proceedings to the media in order to influence public opinion and create bias.
We are confident of the strength of our case and invite Fifa to make available now to the media a full transcript of these proceedings.
Anyone wonder who that "senior FIFA official" is?