For­mer FIFA of­fi­cial Makudi banned 5 years for forgery

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ZURICH » For­mer FIFA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber Wo­rawi Makudi of Thai­land was banned from soc­cer for five years on Tues­day for elec­tion forgery.

The judg­ing cham­ber of FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee said it found Makudi guilty of forgery and fal­si­fi­ca­tion of doc­u­ments and re­fus­ing to co­op­er­ate with in­ves­ti­ga­tors. Makudi was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100).

A long­time ally of for­mer FIFA pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mo­hamed bin Ham­mam of Qatar, Makudi was a mem­ber of the tainted ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee for 18 years un­til Asian fed­er­a­tions voted him out in April 2015.

Makudi is the ninth mem­ber of the 24-man rul­ing panel which over­saw the bid­ding con­tests for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups who has since been banned for un­eth­i­cal con­duct by FIFA.

Four oth­ers have been in­dicted or are un­der crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the United States or Switzer­land, though they are yet to be banned by the ethics com­mit­tee.

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