FIFA suspends another Asian member

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 00:19

Zurich: FIFA suspended another Asian member of its executive committee on Monday.

Vernon Manilal Fernando of Sri Lanka has been banned from taking part in any football activities for up to 90 days "to prevent interference with the establishment of the truth" during an ethics investigation.

Fernando`s case has been sent to the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA`s ethics committee for a decision.

FIFA has not said if there are any specific allegations against Fernando, a member of FIFA`s ruling executive since January 2011, who was a close ally of bin Hammam, the former AFC head and disgraced FIFA presidential candidate.

Bin Hammam resigned from all football-related positions in December after being charged with repeated ethics violations while AFC president.

FIFA has said evidence from whistleblowers pointed to bin Hammam handing out USD 40,000 bribes in cash to Caribbean officials during his campaign visit to Trinidad.

A yearlong audit by the Malaysia-based AFC also revealed "infringements" regarding the "execution of certain contracts" and tampering with the organisation`s bank accounts by bin Hammam while he was president.

Fernando is now barred from involvement in the March 20-21 FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich, which will recommend the next series of anti-corruption reforms sparked by the bin Hammam scandal and bribery allegations surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contest.

Agencies
Zurich: FIFA suspended another Asian member of its executive committee on Monday.

Vernon Manilal Fernando of Sri Lanka has been banned from taking part in any football activities for up to 90 days "to prevent interference with the establishment of the truth" during an ethics investigation.

Fernando`s case has been sent to the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA`s ethics committee for a decision.

FIFA has not said if there are any specific allegations against Fernando, a member of FIFA`s ruling executive since January 2011, who was a close ally of bin Hammam, the former AFC head and disgraced FIFA presidential candidate.

Bin Hammam resigned from all football-related positions in December after being charged with repeated ethics violations while AFC president.

FIFA has said evidence from whistleblowers pointed to bin Hammam handing out USD 40,000 bribes in cash to Caribbean officials during his campaign visit to Trinidad.

A yearlong audit by the Malaysia-based AFC also revealed "infringements" regarding the "execution of certain contracts" and tampering with the organisation`s bank accounts by bin Hammam while he was president.

Fernando is now barred from involvement in the March 20-21 FIFA executive committee meeting in Zurich, which will recommend the next series of anti-corruption reforms sparked by the bin Hammam scandal and bribery allegations surrounding the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contest.

Agencies



First Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 00:19

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