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FIFA's disgraced nine
by Paul Kennedy, May 1st, 2013 12:35AM
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[MAKING A LIST]The FIFA Ethics Committee banned FIFA executive committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando from soccer for eight years, bringing to nine the number of FIFA executive committee members (out of 25) who have been kicked out of soccer, quit or were reprimanded in the last three years.

REYNALD TEMARII. The Tahitian president of Oceania's confederation, was suspended in October 2010 for one year for breaching FIFA's loyalty and confidentiality rules when he was secretly filmed in an undercover sting by undercover reporters from the Sunday Times who posed as American lobbyists trying to buy votes for the 2022 World Cup bid.

AMOS ADAMU.The Nigerian member of executive committee, received a three-year ban in October 2010 after being found guilty of breaching bribery rules in the same undercover sting operation.

JACK WARNER.A member of the FIFA executive committee since 1983 and Concacaf president since 1990, the Trinidadian quit in June 2011 after FIFA's ethics committee began proceedings against him on at least three separate corruption and bribery charges. The charges related to a meeting of Caribbean Football Union members he organized in Trinidad for them to meet Mohamed bin Hammam, the president of the Asian Football Confederation who was running for FIFA president against Sepp Blatter. It was revealed brown envelopes containing $40,000 were offered to the CFU members. Concacaf recently released the results of its investigation into Warner and former Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer, who blew the whistle on Warner and bin Hammam. The investigation revealed Warner had defrauded Concacaf of millions of dollars.

MOHAMED BIN HAMMAM.The Qatari was banned for life from all soccer activities in June 2011 by the FIFA ethics committee that investigated the CFU scandal. The Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the ban in 2012, but Bin Hammam was provisionally suspended over allegations of financial mismanagement while serving AFC president. Bin Hammam later quit all soccer activities and was banned for life by FIFA.

ISSA HAYATOU.The African confederation president Issa Hayatou was reprimanded in December 2011 by the International Olympic Committee, of which he is a member, for receiving payments from FIFA's former marketing agency, ISL. The BBC Panorama in November 2010 had accused Hayatou of receiving 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,000) in cash for ISL in 1995.

RICARDO TEIXEIRA.The Brazilian quit the FIFA executive committee and his posts as president of the Brazilian soccer federation and World Cup 2014 organizing committee in March 2012. Besides the ISL scandal in which his former father-in-law, Joao Havelange, former Conmebol president Nicolas Leoz, and he were found to have pocketed millions of dollars in bribes, Teixeira faced several scandals in Brazil. He is now living in exile in a luxury condo near the Polo Club of Boca Raton in Florida.

CHUCK BLAZER.The former Concacaf general secretary announced in February 2013 his plans to quit his seat on the FIFA executive committee in May. He was also implicated in the recently released Concacaf Integrity Committee report, accused of taking $17 million in commissions without a contract and renting an apartment in New York "for no business reason" and attempting to buy property in the Bahamas worth $4 million using Concacaf money. Blazer was also said to be "entirely negligent" in failing to file U.S. income tax returns for Concacaf, leading to the body losing its tax-exempt status as a non-profit organization. He will be succeeded by fellow American Sunil Gulati on the FIFA executive committee.

NICOLAS LEOZ. The 84-year-old Paraguayan quit all soccer activities last week, saying heart problems made it impossible for him to travel and fulfill his FIFA duties and those as president of Conmebol, of which he has served as president since 1986. Leoz was implicated in the same ISL bribery scandal involving Hayatou, Havelange and Teixeira.

VERNON MANILAL FERNANDO. The Sri Lankan was banned from soccer for eight years on Tuesday after he was found guilty of unspecified violations of FIFA's code of ethics. He had been a close ally of the disgraced bin Hammam.



1 comment
  1. feliks fuksman
    commented on: May 1, 2013 at 8:48 a.m.
    Wow, getting better and better! And I don't we are close to the end of it!! HOW MUCH DOES ONE NEED??

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