Disgraced Former FIFA Ex-Co Member Adamu Loses CAS Appeal

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(WFI) Former FIFA Executive Committee member Amos Adamu has lost his appeal to sport's highest court to overturn his three-year ban from football for seeking bribes during the 2018/2022 World Cup bidding campaign.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland upheld Friday the FIFA Ex-Co decision to banish the Nigerian from football through October 2013.

“The CAS Panel stressed that it was of crucial importance that top football officials should not only be honest but should evidently and undoubtedly be seen to be honest,” said CAS, calling FIFA’s three-year ban “even relatively mild given the seriousness of the offense.”

Adamu was caught in the midst of the World Cup bid race by Sunday Times journalists posing as lobbyists for the USA 2022 campaign asking for an $800,000 bribe in return for his support.

He was suspended a fortnight prior to the Dec. 2, 2010 vote along with Oceania's representative, Reynald Temarii. Four other senior football administrators – Slim Aloulou, Amadou Diakite, Ismail Bhamjee and Ahongalu Fusimalohi – also received bans of up to four years after being caught by the reporters.

Adamu first took his ban to FIFA’s appeals committee unsuccessfully last February, then to CAS in May. Arbitrators in Lausanne heard his case Oct. 4 and had been deliberating until Friday’s verdict.

“This CAS decision further underlines FIFA’s zero tolerance and clear stance against any breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” FIFA said in a statement.

CAS, meanwhile, is readying another three football rulings on Diakite, Fusimalohi and former FIFA presidential candidate Mohammed Bin Hammam of Qatari, whose case is scheduled to be heard April 18 and 19.

By INSIDER's Matthew Grayson

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