Football: Nepal FA officials ask Fifa to investigate own president

(REUTERS) - Senior officials at Nepal's football association (Anfa) have asked Fifa's ethics chief Michael Garcia to launch an investigation into their own president Ganesh Thapa.

The request, via an emailed letter, comes after the country's public accounts committee ordered an investigation of Thapa, an Asian Football Confederation (AFC) vice president, over what it said was alleged embezzlement of funds.

Thapa has repeatedly denied all allegations, saying he has done nothing wrong.

This episode marks the second incident involving an Asian FA this week, after Mongolian football chief Ganbold Buyannemekh was banned by Fifa for "soliciting and accepting" bribes from ex-Fifa executive Mohamed bin Hammam.

In the e-mailed letter dated Oct. 15, addressed to Garcia and also sent to Fifa general Secretary Jerome Valcke and the AFC, two Anfa vice-presidents ask the investigator to look into Thapa and how funds to Nepal from Fifa and the AFC were used.

Thapa said he would cooperate with any investigation, but insisted there had been no wrongdoing and he was continuing as head of Anfa.

"There is a government agency which wants an investigation and there's no problem, we will support them," Thapa said on Saturday. "If there is anybody guilty in the federation, he would be punished, that is very clear. But we are confident that we have not done anything wrong."

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