Former AFC president Bin Hammam has already been banned for life by world governing body FIFA after being found guilty of paying cash gifts totalling close to 1million US dollars to football officials from Caribbean countries during his FIFA presidential campaign last May.
He is awaiting a final verdict on his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, his final chance to overturn the world ban, but the body he formerly headed are now pursuing their own investigation into a number of alleged rule breaches.
The audit, produced by Pricewaterhouse Coopers, centred on contract negotiations and payments to and from AFC bank accounts during Bin Hammam's presidency.
Bin Hammam is alleged to have breached Article six of the AFC Statutes (Conduct of Bodies and Officials); Article 62 of the AFC Disciplinary Code (Corruption); and Articles three (General Rules), five (Conflict of Interest), nine (Fiduciary Duty and Confidentiality), 10 (Accepting Gifts and Benefits), 11 (Bribery) and 12 (Commission) of the AFC Code of Ethics.
He will be suspended from duty for up to 30 days while the allegations are investigated, the AFC confirmed in a statement.
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