Temarii questioned by Tahiti police

7:53 am on 1 June 2015

Police in French Polynesia have questioned the former head of Tahiti Football, Reynald Temarii, two weeks after FIFA banned him for eight years over a controversial payment.

Mr Temarii, who is also a former FIFA executive committee member, was banned by FIFA's ethics committee for accepting more than 300,000 US dollars from disgraced former Asian Football Confederation president Mohammed bin Hammam.

General Director of the Tahiti Football Federation and former Oceania Football President Reynald Temarii.

Reynald Temarii has been banned from any role related to football for eight years Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The money was reportedly paid to him to fund his appeal against his 2010 suspension from FIFA following an investigation into allegations he offered to sell his vote in the World Cup hosting contest to undercover newspaper reporters..

Reports say police in Tahiti want to establish if the funds from Mr bin Hammam were wired through French Polynesia.

Mr Temarii has not been charged.

When he was suspended in mid-May, he acknowledged FIFA's decision but said he has not been convicted in any court and the sanctions only apply to the sphere of football.

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