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June 29, 2022

Fifa bans over vote scandal

Fifa executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii have been banned from voting in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting ballot.

Adamu was banned from football activity for three years and Temarii for one year over claims they asked for money in exchange for World Cup votes, according to bbc.co.uk.

The 2018 Spain-Portugal and 2022 Qatar bids were also cleared of collusion. The ballot will proceed on 2 December with 22 voters – instead of 24 – and nine candidates across the two votes.

Following an investigation by Fifa’s ethics committee, Adamu – who has pleaded his innocence throughout – was fined £6,300 (10,000 Swiss francs) and Temarii £3,100 (5,000 Swiss francs), while four other Fifa officials, all former executive committee members, were suspended.

Ismael Bhamjee of Botswana was handed a four-year ban, Amadou Diakite of Mali and Ahongalu Fusimalohi of Tonga three-year punishments and Tunisia’s Slim Aloulou a two-year suspension.

The development followed an English newspaper’s accusation that Nigerian Adamu and Tahitian Temarii, who is the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) president, allegedly asked for payments for votes.

Adamu and Temarii were secretly filmed by reporters from the Sunday Times, who posed as lobbyists for a consortium of American companies that wanted to bring the tournament to the US.

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