FIFA reveals bid inspector banned for seeking favors
The FIFA ethics committee has explained why the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bid inspector was banned from soccer, six months after imposing a seven-year sanction.
FIFA ethics judges say in a statement that Harold Mayne-Nicholls of Chile ''repeatedly asked for personal favors related to the hosting and training of his relatives (a son, nephew and brother-in-law).''
The bidder and institution were not identified, though it was previously reported Mayne-Nicholls approached the Aspire center in Doha. The youth academy was linked to Qatar's successful 2022 World Cup hosting bid.
The ethics judging chamber say Mayne-Nicholls broke several articles of FIFA's ethics code, including offering or accepting gifts and conflicts of interest.
By giving Mayne-Nicholls written reasons for the verdict, he can now take his case to the FIFA appeals committee.