- Associated Press - Thursday, April 19, 2012

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (AP) - Former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam must wait two months for a verdict in his appeal against a lifetime ban from soccer for alleged bribery.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says lawyers for Bin Hammam and FIFA did not request an urgent ruling, and its panel aims to give a verdict by the end of June after completing a two-day hearing Thursday.

Bin Hammam did not attend the court sessions, which examined FIFA’s evidence that Caribbean voters were offered $40,000 bribes last May to back him against Sepp Blatter.

Bin Hammam’s American lawyer, Eugene Gulland, read in a prepared statement that his client was innocent and awaited the ruling “with great hope.”

FIFA’s legal team did not comment.

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