FIFA bans, fines ExCo members accused of potential bribery

El Presidente de la FIFA Sepp Blatter

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Following several months of scandal, FIFA on
Thursday came down hard on the two members of the FIFA Executive
Committee accused of potential bribery in the World Cup bidding process.

Reynald Temarii and Amos Adamu have been banned
and fined by the FIFA Ethics Committee for breaching “various articles
of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” according to a press statement released by
FIFA.

Temarii, FIFA vice president, received a one-year
ban and a fine of 5,000 Swiss francs ($5,056). Adamu, a member of the ExCo, received a
three-year ban and a 10,000-franc ($10,111) fine. The suspensions exclude the two
members from “taking part in any kind of football-related
activity.”

Temarii and Adamu were previously under
provisional suspension by the Ethics Committee following the publication
of a report in London’s Sunday Times that they offered to sell their
votes for the World Cup bid. The paper’s reporters had
gone undercover, posing as Americans representing the US bid’s
interests.

"We don't want cheaters, we don't want doping, we
don't want abuses to be accepted," said Claudio Sulser, chairman of the
FIFA Ethics Committee and a former Switzerland international. “The
damage caused to FIFA's image is very great.
When one talks of FIFA, there is generally a negative attitude out
there, talk of corruption."

After the decision came down, FIFA said that the
voters would not be replaced, meaning the World Cup decision would now
be made by the remaining 22 ExCo members. Furthermore, the governing
body rejected the possibility of splitting the
vote.

"There will be only 22 members for the 2018 and
2022 votes," general secretary Jérôme Valcke said. "I definitely think,
as the FIFA president [Sepp Blatter] said, the game has started and you
don't change the rules after the game has
started. It's 99 percent certain the executive committee will not split
the 2018 and 2022 decisions, as was decided from day one."

The Ethics Committee also handed out bans and fines to four other officials accused of wrongdoing.

Slim Aloulou, chairman of the FIFA Dispute
Resolution Chamber and member of the FIFA Players’ Status Committee;
Ahongalu Fusimalohi, general secretary of the Tonga FA; Amadou Diakite, a
member of the FIFA Referees Committee; and Ismael
Bhamjee, CAF honorary member, received bans between two and four years.
Each was fined 10,000 Swiss francs.

FIFA had opened proceedings against the two
Executive Committee members on Oct. 18 and had requested the
Ethics Committee to conduct an independent, in-depth investigation into
the matter. On Oct. 20, the Ethics Committee had
provisionally suspended the six officials
.

Finally, the Ethics Committee examined the
information related to alleged agreements between member associations
and their Bid Committees in relation to the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World
Cup bidding process, but did not find enough evidence
of a violation of the Bid Registration document and the Code of Ethics.

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