Six Committee Members Banned from Sport
Hot on the heels of the much disputed decision to pick Poland and Ukraine as the Euro 2012 co-hosts, FIFA has become embroiled in the hottest ethical scandal to rock the organization in history. Recently, the Sunday Times reported that two high-ranking FIFA officials were reported to have been seeking payments for their bids on the 2018 and 2022 World Cup games. Following the questionable choices of Russia (2018) and Qatar (2022) as upcoming hosts, beating out Australia and the United States, respectively, the investigation by the ethics committee of FIFA has revealed that this controversy went much deeper than previously expected.
The FIFA Ethics Committee, under the direction of chairs from such countries as Switzerland, France, and Uruguay, decided that the actions of not just two, but six, of FIFA’s highest soccer officials demanded banishment from the sport and any related activity for up to four years. Also, these officials must pay fines in excess of CHF 50,000, collectively.
The two main culprits, Reynald Temarii, who is FIFA’s vice president, and Amos Adamu, a FIFA Executive Committee Corona Fraud Scandal member, were banned for periods of one and three years, respectively, and assessed fines of CHF 5,000 and CHF 10,000, respectively. Other members, including the Chairman of the FIFA DRC (Dispute Resolution), the General Secretary of the Tonga football association, and a member of the referees committee, were also banned for periods of three years with fines to each of CHF 10,000. These six members were found to be guilty of breaching certain ethical standards pertaining to FIFA’s Code of Ethics. These decisions followed a three-day hearing in order to assess the damage done.
Prior to these findings and decisions, the Ethics Board had already suspended Temarii and Adamu in order to conduct the investigation. The Ethics Committee then completed an in-depth investigation to determine the extent of actual harm and misconduct. They certainly found more than they bargained for. During the course of the investigation, the six officials were officially suspended until the completion of the investigation.
In the course of investigations, the Ethics Committee could not find enough evidence to support alleged violations of bid relations when it comes to the process and the choosing of the hosts; however, these officials were banned from the sport because there were ethical infringements, as many as six infringements per official.