Football: Fifa bans head of World Cup committee for seven years

Head of the Fifa Inspection Group Harold Mayne-Nicholls speaks to the media during a football World Cup 2018 bid event at Manchester Central.
Head of the Fifa Inspection Group Harold Mayne-Nicholls speaks to the media during a football World Cup 2018 bid event at Manchester Central. PHOTO: REUTERS

ZURICH (AFP, REUTERS) - Football's world body on Monday banned the former head of the Fifa evaluation committee for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups for seven years for breaches of "confidentiality".

Fifa's ethics committee adjudicatory chamber banned Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a former Chilean Football Association president, "from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of seven years", a statement said.

The world body did not give details of the charges against Mayne-Nicholls, but said it was for a breach of a confidentiality rule in Fifa's code of ethics. It added that more detailed information would be given after the final decision becomes effective.