By John Egbokhan
A day after he was implicated in a bribery scandal involving the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups bids, FIFA executive committee member Amos Adamu has come out to say that he was prepared to face an ethics panel hearing slated to hold tomorrow at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland.
Adamu and another FIFA official, Reynald Temarii, also implicated in the sting conducted by the Sunday Times of London, would face the FIFA panel.
Adamu, an Executive Committee member of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), who spoke with the Associated Press in Zurich after he had a meeting with FIFA president, Sepp Blatter declared that he was ready to face the panel, he however, declined to talk more on his connection with those who set him up in a videotaped conversation.
Already, Blatter has promised an “in-depth investigation’’ into the allegations published in Britain’s Sunday Times newspaper that Adamu and Temarii offered to sell their votes in exchange for cash. No cash exchanged hands.
Temarii told The AP that he made a mistake talking to undercover reporters, but defended his integrity.
He also welcomed what he called a ‘full and thorough investigation’ into a claim that he offered to sell his vote in the contest to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Both men have denied the allegations.
The FIFA ethics committee is chaired by Claudio Sulser, a lawyer and former Switzerland international player. The panel can enforce any punishment in FIFA’s disciplinary code, including banning officials from “any kind of football-related activity.’’
The 2018 race now features four European candidates: England, Russia and joint bids from Belgium-Netherlands and Spain-Portugal. The 2022 contest is among the U.S., Australia, Japan, Qatar and South Korea.