Worawi faces fine, 4-year Fifa ban

ZURICH • Former Fifa executive committee member Worawi Makudi could be banned from football for at least four years after he allegedly breached the world governing body's code of conduct.

The investigatory chamber of Fifa's independent ethics committee has asked that the 64-year-old, the former president of the Football Association of Thailand (FAT), also pay a fine of at least 25,000 Swiss francs (S$33,600).

The Thai is accused of violating general rules of conduct relating to loyalty, forgery and falsification.

The decision is subject to final approval by the adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, which is chaired by the German jurist Hans-Joachim Eckert.

"Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber, Mr Worawi is presumed innocent," a Fifa statement said.

The investigation focused mainly on alterations that Worawi made to the FAT's statutes without informing the members of its congress or seeking their approval, reported the Bangkok Post.

He has been under a Fifa-imposed suspension for the past several months, which made him ineligible to seek another term as FAT president, a post he had held since 2007.

While serving as a Fifa exco member, Worawi cleared his name of allegations that he used Fifa funds earmarked for development of the sport to build a national football development centre on his own land.

He was a member of the tainted former Fifa executive committee for 18 years until Asian Football Confederation members voted him out in April last year.

REUTERS

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