LAUSANNE: Mohamed Bin Hammam, disgraced former president of the Asian Football Confederation, has sought formally to prevent the AFC from installing China’s Zhang Jilong as interim leader.

Qatari Bin Hammam did not the hearing at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. This was one step in his campaign before CAS to overturn a lifetime ban from football imposed by FIFA for allegedly bribing Caribbean association delegates last May.

IOC member Denis Oswald, one member of the three-strong appeal panel, said later that the delivery of the decision could take “a few more weeks.”

Under AFC statutes, which allow the position of president to be vacant for only one year, an extraordinary congress and election can be held after May 29.

Bin Hammam was forced to quit the FIFA presidential race last May when he had tried to oust Sepp Blatter. His appeal to CAS against his life ban will be heard later this spring.