3 Dec 2010

Temarii remains critical of FIFA process

4:08 pm on 3 December 2010

The suspended head of the Tahitian Football Federation, Reynald Temarii, says nothing surprises him about FIFA anymore after the football world body tried to coax him into dropping his appeal.

He was suspended from FIFA's executive in October after a sting by the Sunday Times alleged he was corrupt.

But last month, FIFA's ethics committee exonerated him of any suspicion of conflict of interest, corruption or accepting gifts but suspended him for a year for breaching articles on general conduct and loyalty.

He has told Tahiti's La Depeche newspaper that a majority of Oceania Football Confederation members, except for New Zealand, backed his stance to appeal after they saw the full interview with the British paper.

Mr Temarii insists he was not given a fair hearing but suspended on the basis of a manipulation, a reference to the edited version of the interview published after the Sunday Times sting.