Adamu, Temarii formally appeal FIFA suspensions

Published Jan. 13, 2011 1:17 p.m. ET

Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii have formally appealed their FIFA suspensions following corruption allegations surrounding the World Cup hosting votes.

FIFA said Thursday it would confirm hearing dates for the two executive committee members "in due course." The cases will be heard by the independent FIFA Appeals Committee, which is chaired by Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden.

FIFA decisions can be overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Adamu is challenging a three-year suspension from all soccer duty imposed by the FIFA ethics committee, which ruled in November that he sought bribes from undercover reporters.

The Nigerian official hopes to be exonerated within weeks, therefore clearing him to stand for re-election. The Confederation for African Football has its annual assembly Feb. 23 in Khartoum, Sudan, where it will choose two of its four delegates to the 24-member FIFA ruling body. Adamu is listed as a candidate pending his appeal.

Temarii, a FIFA vice president from Tahiti, was cleared of corruption but received a one-year ban for breaching confidentiality and loyalty rules. He will be replaced as Oceania confederation president on Saturday at its congress in Pago Pago, American Samoa.

Both men were barred from the World Cup votes in December. A 22-man FIFA executive committee chose Russia to host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar in 2022.