FIFA suspends top official for 90 days
FIFA's ethics committee has suspended Worawi Makudi, ex-executive committee member and president of Football Association of Thailand, from all activitiesJust days after the FIFA president was banned, another top official of the global football governing body was suspended for 90 days Monday on grounds of breaching the ethical code.
According to FIFA, the former FIFA executive committee member and president of the Football Association of Thailand, Worawi Makudi, had been suspended for 90 days from all football activities, including national and international levels.
"The decision was taken pursuant to the FIFA code of ethics... on grounds that a breach of the code of ethics appears to have been committed and a decision on the main issue may not be taken early enough," the ethics committee of football's governing body said in a statement.
The case has been the subject of formal investigation proceedings, FIFA said.
The same committee last Thursday provisionally banned several world football officials, including FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter, UEFA President and FIFA Vice-President Michel Platini for 90 days.
Swiss prosecutors opened criminal proceedings against Blatter on Sept. 25 on suspicion of "criminal mismanagement" as well as on suspicion of "misappropriation of funds".
Blatter, 79, was suspected of violating his "fiduciary duties" and acting "against the interests of FIFA".
Another allegation was that Blatter made a "disloyal payment" of 2 million Swiss francs ($2 million) to Michel Platini, the president of European football's governing body UEFA, in February 2011. This payment, "at the expense of FIFA", was allegedly for work performed between January 1999 and June 2002.
Swiss police arrested seven FIFA officials, including two vice presidents, on corruption charges in May at the request of U.S. authorities, who later issued indictments against seven other people in the case.
Following claims of corruption, Blatter, who has denied any wrongdoing, announced his decision to step down on June 2, just after he was re-elected as president for a fifth consecutive term. He is due to leave office on February 26.