Qatari official wins FIFA ethics appeal

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Qatari football official Saoud Al-Mohannadi on Thursday won his appeal over a one-year ban handed to him by an independent ethics committee for refusing to help in an investigation, FIFA announced.

Al-Mohannadi was punished for refusing to cooperate with a corruption inquiry and fined 20,000 Swiss francs ($19,900) although his ban was less than the 30-month ban originally requested.

Following a hearing in Zurich last week, FIFA's appeals committee upheld his appeal and lifted the sanctions imposed on him as a result.

When the sanction was handed down last year, Al-Mohannadi had been accused of infringing "his duty to collaborate as a witness in proceedings".

Although FIFA did not specify the target of the inquiry, it was not connected with allegations related to Qatar's hosting of the 2022 World Cup.

Al-Mohannadi was also barred by FIFA from standing as an Asian Football Confederation delegate to the FIFA Council at an AFC Congress.