Adamu Finished as FIFA Exorcises its Devils; Temarii Appeal Rejected
February 4, 2011
The FIFA ethics committee announce their verdicts in Zurich last November. Sepp Blatter previously spoke of the need to rid football of its "devils". (Getty)
(WFI) Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii, the FIFA Executive committee members caught out by the Sunday Times bungs sting, have had their appeals against their bans rejected by FIFA.
Adamu and Temarii were caught on film last October requesting improper inducements in return for their votes for the hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
FIFA’s appeal committee today upheld three and one year bans handed out by the organisation’s ethics committee in November.
The decision effectively ends Adamu’s career in football administration. He had hoped to stand for re-election to the FIFA Exco at elections at the CAF Congress, to be hosted in Sudan later this month.
For Temarii the door remains ajar for his return to the Exco in November. David Chung is currently occupying Oceania’s seat on the committee, but it is not clear if he will stand aside when Temarii’s ban ends.
FIFA's appeals committee was more sympathetic to appeals by three former exco members — Slim Aloulou, Amadou Diakite and Ahongalu Fusimalohi — who had their bans reduced by one year each.
Aloulou will be able to return to football related activity in November; Diakite and Fusimalohi next year.
A sixth official, Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana, did not appeal his four-year ban.
All the verdicts can be challenged at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The verdicts were announced today following hearings at FIFA House in Zurich on Wednesday and Thursday.
FIFA was rocked to its core seven weeks out from World Cup bid D-day when the Sunday Times published video showing Adamu asking for $800,000 paid directly to him to build four artificial football fields in his native Nigeria. He told journalists posing as American bid consultants that this could influence how he voted in the elections.
Temarii was filmed appearing to suggest he could receive NZ$3 million ($2.3 million) to fund a football academy in New Zealand. FIFA’s ethics committee cleared him of corruption charges, instead banning him for breaching confidentiality.
From INSIDER’s James Corbett
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