Ethics committee find ‘overwhelming’ evidence of corruption.
Fifa have found “comprehensive, convincing and overwhelming” evidence that Mohamed bin Hammam and Jack Warner tried to bribe officials during the presidential campaign.
A secret report by the ethics committee says there is “prima facie” evidence that money had been given officials to support Bin Hammam’s campaign for the Fifa presidency and Warner had facilitated this.
The world’s governing body announced on Monday that Warner had resigned as FIFA vice-president and quit all football activities.
This meant Fifa had to drop all investigations into him and that “the presumption of innocence is maintained”.
But the full report of the ethics committee headed by Namibian judge Petrus Damaseb, which provisionally suspended Warner and Bin Hammam on May 29, says the pair were guilty.
The 17-page ethics committee document setting out their decision was faxed to Warner last week and three days later he informed Fifa of his resignation.
In the report statements from “credible and correspondent” witnesses said they were handed brown envelopes each containing $40,000.
One of the witnesses, Fred Lunn from the Bahamas, photographed the cash before returning it.
Four witnesses claimed Warner told the Caribbean Football Union delegates on May 11 that the “money for the ‘gifts’ allegedly distributed the day before had been apparently provided by Mr Bin Hammam.”
The report states: “The comprehensive, convincing and overwhelming evidence permits to conclude prima facie that the accused [Warner] has initiated and arranged a special meeting of the CFU member associations for Mr Bin Hammam.
“Furthermore on the occasion of this meeting it seems Mr Bin Hammam offered, at least indirectly and under the pledge of secrecy, to each of the member associations an envelope containing USD 40,000.
“The FIFA ethics committee is of the primary opinion that the accused [Warner] had knowledge of the respective payments and condoned them.
“It seems quite likely that the accused [Warner] contributed himself to the relevant actions, thereby acting as an accessory to corruption.”
“The committee is also of the opinion that the respective money gifts can probably only be explained if they are associated with the FIFA presidential elections of 1 June 2011,” it adds.
“Therefore it appears rather compelling to consider the actions of Mr Bin Hammam constitute prima facie an act of bribery, or at least an attempt to commit bribery.
“It appears prima facie impossible, in the opinion of the FIFA ethics committee, that the accused [Warner] could have considered the money distributed… as legally or ethically proper and without any connection to the upcoming FIFA presidential election.
“Consequently, the accused would at least be considered as an accessory to the aforementioned violations.”
The revelations contained in the secret report have provoked a call for FIFA to re-open the case against Warner.
Both Bin Hammam and Jack Warner deny any wrongdoing.
“There is nothing I can say more than I deny the allegations and insist that I have not done anything wrong during the special Congress at Trinidad,” Bin Hammam said in a statement.