FIFA suspends two ExCo members

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Zurich - The FIFA executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii have been suspended from all football-related activity for three years and one year respectively after they were detected to be involved in cash-for-vote World Cup bid scandals.

In a press conference held at FIFA headquarters on Thursday, Claudio Sulser, chairman of the FIFA Ethics Committee, read out the decisions taken by his committee after three "intense days' meeting" from Monday to Wednesday.

"FIFA vice-president and executive member Reynald Temarii was banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of one year. He was fined 5 000 Swiss Francs.

"FIFA executive member Amos Adamu was banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of three years. He was fined 10,000 Swiss Francs," he said.

The pair were implicated in a newspaper investigation which accused the duo of accepting money in return for their vote in the bidding for the World Cup, with reporters from the newspaper posing as representatives of the United States 2022 World Cup bid.

FIFA General Secretary Jerome Valcke confirmed that on 2 December there would be a 22-FIFA executive member vote to choose the hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.

Adamu has already indicated his intention to appeal against the verdict delivered the ethics committee.

In a separate investigation, the ethics committee found insufficient evidence of collusion between the bid teams of Spain-Portugal 2018 and Qatar 2022.

The FIFA ethics committee had been conducting an investigation into allegations that the two bid teams had been colluding to trade votes, against bidding regulations.

However, it was announced Thursday the committee "did not find sufficient grounds to reach a conclusion that there was any collusion".

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