FIFA Bans Mongolian Soccer Official for 5 Years for Taking Funds

Soccer’s governing body banned the president of the sport’s Mongolian federation for five years for violating its ethics code by taking funds from a FIFA presidential candidate in 2009 and 2011.

Ganbold Buyannemekh will be banned from any soccer-related post, FIFA said today in an e-mailed statement. The body said Buyannemekh solicited and accepted payments from Mohamed bin Hammam during the 2009 election of the FIFA executive committee and the 2011 vote for president.

He was found guilty by FIFA of six violations of its ethics code.

Qatar’s Bin Hammam, the sole challenger to President Sepp Blatter in the last election, quit shortly before he was investigated for trying to bribe voters in the Caribbean. He was later banned for life from soccer following an investigation into the finances of the Asian Football Confederation. Bin Hammam denies wrongdoing.

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