FIFA vice chief unhappy with officials' suspension

Published Nov. 22, 2010 9:21 a.m. ET

FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon says the soccer governing body's suspension of two executive committee members for alleged ethics violations is excessive.

FIFA's ethics panel last week banned Nigeria's Amos Adamu from all soccer activity for three years for allegedly agreeing to take bribes from undercover reporters who posed as lobbyists trying to buy votes.

It also suspended Reynald Temarii of Tahiti, the president of the Oceania confederation, for one year for breaching FIFA's loyalty and confidentiality rules when he was secretly filmed.

Chung on Monday questioned whether the behavior of the high-ranking members was serious enough to warrant such a punishment.