Qatar hits back at FIFA more than feasible ban for official

Doha (AFP) - Qatar Football Association on Saturday backed its vice president Saoud Al-Mohannadi and took aim at FIFA immediately after the governing physique referred to as to get a two-and-a-half-year ban against the senior official.

On Friday, FIFA's ethics commission encouraged the ban, stating that Mohannadi had refused to cooperate with an inquiry.

Though FIFA didn't say what was the subject of your inquiry, it truly is not connected using the 2022 Planet Cup, which Qatar will host.

"Mr Al-Mohannadi has not but seen the Investigatory chamber's report, so he is not able to comment on its substance," mentioned the QFA in an official statement posted on its web page.

"However, he too as the QFA are each confident that a full and fair evaluation of the matter will confirm that he has cooperated extensively and candidly together with the Ethics Committee and that any charges against him are without genuine basis."

The QFA also criticised FIFA for producing the decision of the ethics committee public.

"The QFA expresses its powerful disappointment for the Media Release... which was issued devoid of informing Mr. Al-Mohannadi that even the investigation proceedings against him happen to be concluded," it stated.

Additionally, the QFA stated it continued to back Mohannadi's candidacy for the FIFA council.

Elections will take place next month for the two Asian spots on FIFA's ruling council.

FIFA had previously ruled he was eligible to stand as a candidate.

FIFA has also recommended that the Qatari official be fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,400, 18,600 euros).

The recommendation by the ethics commission's investigators will be decided by the commission's investigatory chamber.

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