22 Jan 2011

Suspended FIFA executives appeal

3:01 pm on 22 January 2011

Two FIFA executive committee members, including the former Oceania representative, Reynald Temarii, have formally appealed against suspensions imposed after accusations of corruption.

Amos Adamu of Nigeria was banned for three years after he was caught seeking bribes from undercover reporters for a British newspaper.

Mr Temarii, from Tahiti, was cleared of corruption but received a one-year ban for breaching confidentiality rules. He was also fined 5000 Swiss francs ($US5,059). Both deny any wrongdoing.

FIFA will hear their appeals on 2-3 February.

Both men were barred from voting on who should host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in December.

An independent appeals committee, chaired by Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden, will hear their cases.

The BBC reports that Mr Temarii claimed on 13 January to have received a letter from FIFA on 30 December in which he was "cleared (of) all corruption allegations".

He added: "The ethics committee have accused me of breaching FIFA confidentiality and loyalty, with which I totally disagree.

"I hope a meeting, possibly next month, will see FIFA's appeals committee realise I have not breached any articles within the code of ethics, nor did have the intention to."

FIFA says three other officials - former executive members Slim Aloulou, Amadou Diakite and Tongan Ahongalu Fusimalohi - will also have appeals against suspensions for corruption, heard on 2-3 February.

A sixth suspended official, Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana, did not appeal.