Patrick John

Former president of the Dominica Football Association, Patrick John, has dropped his appeal against a two-year FIFA ban in an alleged bribery case involving Mohamed bin Hammam, the Associated Press is reporting.

This prompted the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to cancel a hearing into the matter which was scheduled for today ( Monday, January 21).

On November 17, 2011, FIFA Ethics Committee imposed a two-year ban and fined John 3,000 Swiss francs (then $3,300)  after finding him guilty of violating FIFA’s Code of Ethics that addresses general rules including Article 8 that deals with protection of personal rights and Article 9 that relates to loyalty and confidentiality.

That decision was later upheld by the FIFA Appeals Committee.

The international governing body of football had initially charged John for accepting US$40,000 in cash from Bin Hammam to support him in an election campaign against FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Bin Hammam was on a campaign visit to Trinidad in May 2011 when the bribery allegedly took place.

But after a hearing on the matter FIFA disclosed that John did not violate its code of ethics that relates to accepting the alleged bribery of $40,000; it however found him guilty of infringement of FIFA statutes.

Efforts by DNO to contact John for an interview on Monday were unsuccessful.