Adamu faces second FIFA ban

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Former National Sports Commission Director-General Amos Adamu faces another ban from all football-related activities   after  FIFA’s  independent Ethics Committee confirmed on Tuesday  it had  opened proceedings after its ethics prosecutors requested a two-year ban on him  for charges including conflict of interest.

Amos Adamu
Amos Adamu

He also faces a  20,000 Swiss franc fine ($19,445)  for his actions.

Adamu,  who was a FIFA  executive member,   was banned for  three years in  2010 after  he  was found guilty of demanding  money in exchange for World Cup votes.

However,  the former Nigeria Football Federation  sole administrator, whose  three-year ban expired in 2013, denied  the  accusation. He took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which  rejected his appeal.

FIFA said it had been investigating the alleged breaches of its code of ethics levelled  against Adamu since March 2015.

“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has opened formal adjudicatory proceedings against Amos Adamu, former President of the West African Football Union and former member of the CAF and FIFA Executive Committees, based on the final report submitted by the investigatory chamber,” FIFA said in a statement on Tuesday.

“The investigations against Adamu conducted by  Cornel Borbély, chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, were opened on March 9,  2015 and the final report was passed to the adjudicatory chamber on  December 2, 2016. In the final report, the investigatory chamber recommends a sanction of a two-year ban from all football-related activities and a fine of CHF 20,000 for violations of arts 13, 15 and 19 of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

“The adjudicatory chamber has studied the report carefully and decided to institute formal adjudicatory proceedings against Adamu.

“In the course of the proceedings, the party will be invited to submit his position including any evidence with regard to the final report of the investigatory chamber (art. 70 par. 2 of the FCE), and may request a hearing (art. 74 par. 2 of the FCE).”

However, the world football government body said Adamu would be presumed innocent until “proven guilty”.


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