FIFA Coun­cil mem­ber loses ap­peal of one-year ban

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ZURICH:

FIFA Coun­cil mem­ber Wolf­gang Niers­bach has lost his ap­peal against a one year ban from soc­cer in re­la­tion to Ger­many’s 2006 World Cup bid. The FIFA ethics com­mit­tee found Niers­bach guilty of fail­ing to re­port find­ings about pos­si­ble un­eth­i­cal con­duct and con­flicts of in­ter­est dur­ing the bid­ding process.

FIFA said yesterday that its ap­peal com­mit­tee agreed with the find­ings of the ethics com­mit­tee that “a oneyear ban from tak­ing part in any foot­ball-re­lated ac­tiv­ity at national and in­ter­na­tional level was ad­e­quate in this case.” Niers­bach was a vice pres­i­dent of the 2006 World Cup or­ga­niz­ing com­mit­tee, in charge of me­dia and mar­ket­ing.

Niers­bach re­tained his elected po­si­tions on the top de­ci­sion-mak­ing bod­ies at both FIFA and UEFA de­spite re­sign­ing as Ger­man fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent in Novem­ber 2015.

He is the first mem­ber of the FIFA Coun­cil, which re­placed the dis­cred­ited ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee in May, to be sanc­tioned by the ethics di­vi­sion. Niers­bach is also a sus­pect in a Swiss crim­i­nal case in­ves­ti­gat­ing fraud, money laun­der­ing, crim­i­nal mis­man­age­ment and mis­ap­pro­pri­a­tion re­lat­ing to a pay­ment of 6.7 mil­lion eu­ros ($7.3 mil­lion) to FIFA in 2005. — AP

Wolf­gang Niers­bach

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