13 Mar 2012

Tonga's Fusimalohi loses FIFA ban appeal

4:18 pm on 13 March 2012

The corruption appeal of former a Oceania Football Confederation and FIFA executive, Tonga's Ahongalu Fusimalohi, has been turned down by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Mr Fusimalohi was banned from football for two years by FIFA after he, and the then-OFC president Reynald Temarii of French Polynesia, were caught up in an undercover World Cup vote-rigging sting by a British newspaper, The Sunday Times.

Mr Fusimalohi had appealed to FIFA, which reduced his ban to one year and cut a fine by a third.

Dissatisfied with that ruling, he then appealed to the Court which has announced its negative verdict.

Mr Fusimalohi recently ended his employment as a special advisor to the Tonga Prime Minister.

Amadou Diakite of Mali also lost his appeal against the FIFA ban.