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FIFA Ethics Committee proceeds With Mohamed Bin Hammam Case

FIFA

On 4 December 2012, the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, Michael J. Garcia, who is also the head of the investigation conducted by the Ethics Committee into Mohamed bin Hammam, notified Bin Hammam of the completion of the investigation and informed him that the final report, together with the investigation files, would be submitted to the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee for examination. On the same day, all of the documents were sent by Garcia to the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber, Hans-Joachim Eckert.

Together with the final report and all of the investigation files, Garcia requested the imposition of provisional measures against Bin Hammam in accordance with the first sentence of art. 83 par. 1 of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE). Garcia stated that the request was not based on the necessity to protect an ongoing investigation, but rather that it was necessary because, given the extraordinarily complex nature and the considerable scope of the present case, it appeared highly unlikely that a decision on the relevant issues may be taken early enough within the meaning of article 83 par. 1 of the FCE. Given the seriousness of the violations of the FCE as alleged in the final report, Garcia said in his letter to the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber that it was imperative that Bin Hammam remained banned from football during the pendency of any decision on these charges.

On 6 December, having examined the final report and investigation files, Eckert deemed that the final report was complete and decided to proceed with adjudicatory proceedings in this case, in accordance with art. 69 par. 4 of the FCE. At the same time, Eckert established a deadline for Bin Hammam to respond.

Based on the report, the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber has decided to provisionally ban Bin Hammam given that a breach of the FCE appears to have been committed and that a decision on the main substance of the case may not be taken early enough.

 


Tennis Referee murder case dismissed

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — The arrest of an aging tennis referee in her husband’s death was a shocker last summer. On Friday, the case took another surprise twist when prosecutors dropped the murder case against Lois Goodman.

The case was dismissed by Superior Court Judge Jessica Silvers due to insufficient evidence and without prejudice.

“I feel I’m being treated fairly now. It was just a terrible accident,” Goodman, 70, said outside court.

A dismissal without prejudice means the case could be refiled, but defense attorney Alison Triessl believes it’s over.

“We’re elated,” Triessl said. “This has been a living hell for her. Justice has been served. She did not do this.”

Goodman has refereed matches between some of the greatest tennis players in the world.

She had been accused of bludgeoning her 80-year-old husband to death with a coffee cup. She said she was innocent, and her lawyers suggested Alan Goodman died in an accidental fall.

The couple had been married 50 years and had three grown daughters. They lived in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles their entire lives.

Alan Goodman died in April. Authorities initially believed he fell down stairs at home while his wife was away, but they later said it was a homicide after a mortuary reported suspicious injuries on his head.

Authorities then alleged he had been clobbered on the head with a mug, and they began to treat Lois Goodman as a suspect.

But defense lawyers said there was little forensic evidence in the case because of the delay in the investigation. They recently disclosed Lois Goodman had passed polygraph tests supporting her claim of innocence.

She was arrested by Los Angeles police in New York in August as she arrived to be a line judge in the U.S. Open. She made her first court appearance wearing her uniform.

Goodman pleaded not guilty.

After a brief stay in jail, she was released on electronic monitoring and subsequently came to court for pretrial hearings with friends and family present to support her.

“I definitely want to get back to refereeing,” Goodman said after the dismissal. “But first I want to call my close friends that supported me and thank them again and again.”


More Officers Face Investigation | Hillsborough

More than 2,400 police officers could face investigation over the Hillsborough disaster, the UK police watchdog confirmed today.

Up to 1,000 additional officers may be added to the 1,444 members of South Yorkshire Police already being investigated, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said.

The new figure was revealed as senior IPCC figures appeared before the Home Affairs Select Committee today.

It includes officers from around 20 other forces who were present when 96 Liverpool fans died during an FA Cup semi-final in 1989.


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