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FIFA suspend Amos Adamu for 3yrs


FIFA has suspended two executive members, Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii, accused of asking for money in exchange for World Cup votes – but cleared both of corruption.

Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii  were suspended from all football-related activity for three years and one year respectively.

Tahiti’s Reynald Temarii and Nigeria’s Amos Adamu will now be prevented from voting on the 2018 and 2022 hosts on December 2.

Both were found guilty of breaking Fifa’s ethics codes, by not reporting illegal approaches.

Adamu was fined 10,000 Swiss Francs and Temarii ordered to pay 5,000.

The pair were already under provisional suspensions after the claims emerged in an undercover Sunday Times investigation.

Four other former executive members who are still Fifa officials – Slim Aloulou, Amadu Diakite, Ahongalu Fusimalohi and Ismael Bhamjee – have also been suspended.

Adamu has already signalled his intention to fight the ruling, releasing a statement in response.

“I am profoundly disappointed with the ethics committee’s findings and had honestly believed I would be exonerated of any charges by now,” he said.

“I am innocent of all the charges levelled against me and I completely refute the decision they have made.

“As yet I have not been advised of the grounds of the decision but regardless, I will be lodging a full appeal against it with immediate effect.”

The decisions follow a three-day hearing of the world football governing body’s ethics committee.

Each member suspended will have 10 days to lodge an appeal.

The committee has also cleared joint 2018 World Cup bidders Spain/Portugal and 2022 bidders Qatar of claims they colluded to trade votes.

In terms of the corruption probe, Mr Adamu’s position was seen to be in greater danger because it is claimed he asked for money for projects to be paid via a family company.

Mr Temarii – who represents Oceania – insisted he was merely wanting to boost football facilities in New Zealand and was not seeking any personal gain.

Both men had denied any wrongdoing.


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