Bin Hammam vows to prove innocence in bribery case

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The former Fifa presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam has vowed to provide "convincing grounds" to prove his innocence when he faces corruption charges in Zurich this week.

Bin Hammam, president of the Asian Football Confederation, has been suspended since May on charges of bribery which he denies. The 62-year-old Qatari will appear before Fifa's ethics committee tomorrow to deny charges of attempting to bribe members of the Caribbean Football Union in May.

Yesterday he vowed to disprove allegations he claims were designed to "besmirch [his] name". "With just a few days to go before my hearing, there can be no doubt that there has been a campaign waged to ensure that I am seen to be guilty," he wrote on his website. "Over the past seven weeks my legal team and I have been working very hard to provide convincing grounds that fair play was observed throughout my election campaign."