(WFI) Disgraced FIFA executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii are both appealing the bans they received for their roles in the cash-for-votes World Cup bidding scandal.
FIFA gave Temarii a one-year ban following World Cup bribery revelations in the Sunday Times in October (Getty Images)
FIFA has received formal appeals from both men and will soon announce the dates on which they’ll appear before FIFA’s Independent Appeals Committee, according to the BBC. The body is chaired by Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden.
Temarii, a Tahitian football leader and former president of the Oceania Football Confederation, was caught by undercover reporters demanding around $2.4 million to pay for an academy in Auckland in exchange for his World Cup vote.
Video footage published in November by the Sunday Times also showed Adamu asking for $800,000 to fund pitches in his native Nigeria.
Both were banned from the Dec. 2 vote in Zurich on the 2018 and 2022 hosts after a FIFA ethics committee investigation into the alleged wrongdoings. Adamu also received a three-year ban for corruption.
Temarii is suspended for just a year, according to him only for a breach of confidentiality.
The BBC reports the Tahitian is claiming he has a letter from FIFA proving he is now free of the corruption allegations. “The ethics committee have accused me of breaching FIFA confidentiality and loyalty, with which I totally disagree,” Temarii was quoted as saying.
“I hope a meeting, possibly next month, will see FIFA’s appeals committee realize I have not breached any articles within the code of ethics, nor did have the intention to.”
Amos Adamu has appealed his three-year ban but will likely be voted off FIFA’s Ex-Co next month. (Getty Images)
Adamu needs that meeting to come sooner rather than later.
He’s among six candidates up for two of the Confederation of African Football’s four Ex-Co positions at a Feb. 23 assembly in Khartoum, Sudan.
“[His] candidature [is] subject to the decision of the FIFA Appeal Committee,” a footnote on the congress agenda reads.
Also slated for Sudan are elections for six CAF executive committee seats for 2011-2015.
Two of the six have only one candidate, two are two-man races and one has four.
The last position will be contested among six candidates, including South African World Cup CEO Danny Jordaan.
If FIFA rejects Adamu’s appeal, former Nigerian Football Federation president Ibrahim Galadima will stand in his place for the Ex-Co elections.