Mohamed Bin Hammam, former president of the Asian Football Confederation, will not face new charges that he bribed Caribbean officials during his campaign.An investigation into Hammam by Michael J Garcia, chief ethics investigator with Fifa, has been closed after failing to find new evidence.It is a significant development in the case of Bin Hammam, who has always denied any wrongdoing, and who had a lifetime Fifa ban overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in July due to insufficient evidence.The court overturned a ruling by Fifa’s ethics committee that the 63-year-old Qatari was guilty of paying bribes at a Caribbean Football Union meeting in Trinidad and Tobago in 2011.Bin Hammam remains provisionally suspended over allegations of financial mismanagement while AFC president, but his legal team this week launched a challenge to that suspension in the Swiss courts.Garcia’s decision to close the investigation in to the Caribbean allegations is contained in his confidential report to FIFA. It states: “This investigation focused on events that took place at the CFU meeting in Trinidad and Tobago in May 2011.“With respect to the events at the CFU conference, the investigation uncovered no new material proof beyond the substantial evidence presented during the proceedings that culminated with the CAS decision vacating Mr Bin Hammam’s ban.“Accordingly, the Investigatory Chamber has closed this matter consistent with the CAS Panel’s guidance regarding newly discovered evidence.”In July, a CAS three-man panel voted 2-1 in Bin Hammam’s favour but added that his behaviour was “not of the highest ethical standard” and that “it is more likely than not” that he was the source of cash brought into Trinidad and Tobago and distributed by former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner.CAS said then: “It is a situation of ‘case not proven’, coupled with concern on the part of the Panel that the FIFA investigation was not complete or comprehensive enough to fill the gaps in the record.”FIFA then appointed Garcia, a New York-based attorney, to launch a new investigation but he has found no additional evidence.
Nick Kyrgios has defended compatriot Bernard Tomic against allegations of failing to try during a match and said it was up to the Australian Olympic Committee whether the pair were picked to represent the country at the Rio Olympics.The 21-year-old and Tomic were warned by Australia’s Olympic chef de mission Kitty Chiller at the weekend that they were among a group of athletes whose behaviour was being monitored to judge their suitability for the Rio team.”If you don’t want to pick me or Bernard, there are plenty of others you can pick to represent your country as well,” Kyrgios told reporters after winning his opening match at the Italian Open in Rome on Monday.”If you don’t want two of the best players in Australia to represent your country, so be it.”Kyrgios, Australia’s highest ranked player at number 20 in the world, combines a rare tennis talent with a reputation for firing insults at fellow players, officials and fans.It is Tomic, however, who has been most under fire in Australia in recent weeks, continuing an unhappy relationship with the local media that goes back several years.The world number 22 was lambasted last week for holding his racket by the strings and not offering a shot when facing match point against Fabio Fognini at the Madrid Open.Tomic’s response — “Would you care if you were 23 and worth over $10 million?” — was described as “appalling” by Chiller and the criticism intensified when he pulled out of his opening match in Rome after just eight minutes, citing illness.advertisementKyrgios, who was criticised by Tomic for skipping a Davis Cup match in March because of illness, defended his fellow young gun against the charges that he had “tanked” the match.”Yeah, for sure I think … the behaviour has to be monitored going into the Olympics, representing your country,” Kyrgios added.”But, you know at the same time I think, with Bernard’s case with that match point – I mean, it’s not easy playing Fabio on clay. It’s Bernard’s least preferred surface.”I’m sure he competed nearly every other point in the match. I don’t really know what he was doing, but that one point he gets scorched for when he probably tried his heart out the rest of the match.”Tennis Australia nominates athletes for Olympic selection and Kyrgios and Tomic are likely to head their picks for the August 5-21 Games.In Tomic’s case the point may be moot with the Australian newspaper reporting he had signed up to play in a tournament in Los Cabos, Mexico that takes place during the Games.