FIFA ethics judges ban Qatari election candidate for 1 year

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ZURICH (AP) The FIFA ethics committee has imposed a one-year ban on Qatar’s candidate for election to the world soccer body’s ruling council.

The ethics committee says Saoud Al-Mohannadi “did not cooperate with the investigatory chamber in the proceedings against a third party.”

The ban blocks Al-Mohannadi, a vice president of the Qatar Football Association and Asian Football Confederation, from a Feb. 28 FIFA Council election in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The vote was scheduled in September but delayed in an apparent protest by Asian members of FIFA against the ethics case.

The ethics committee says Al-Mohannadi breached his “duty to collaborate as a witness in separate proceedings,” though did not specify the case. It previously said the issue did not involve the 2022 World Cup bidding contest won by Qatar.