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Ban on former FIFA heavyweight upheld

Publish date: 20 March 2012
Issue Number: 471
Diary: Legalbrief Africa Old
Category: Mali

FIFA says it is 'satisfied' by the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to uphold bans on former executive committee members Amadou Diakite and Ahongalu Fusimalohi.

Diakite, from Mali, and Fusimalohi, of Tonga, were suspended in November 2010. BBC News reports that they were accused of breaking rules on general conduct and loyalty, and failing to report evidence of misconduct. According to the report, they were both suspended and fined in relation to the scandal that hit the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. The FIFA ban was imposed after claims about bribery reported by the Sunday Times newspaper were reported to a British parliamentary inquiry, the report notes. Full BBC News report