Former top FIFA official fights corruption ban

BY foxsports • November 7, 2011

Former FIFA executive committee member Ahongalu Fusimalohi gave evidence at sport's highest court on Monday to challenge his two-year ban for corruption during World Cup bidding contests.

Fusimalohi appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to annul the sanction imposed by FIFA that expires in October 2012.

The Tongan official was caught in a British newspaper's sting during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Fusimalohi and other former FIFA officials reportedly advised The Sunday Times's undercover reporters how to bribe their former colleagues.

Fusimalohi's ban cost him his job as Tonga Football Association general secretary, and his seat on the Oceania confederation's executive committee.

He now works as an adviser to Tongan Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano.

Fusimalohi was a member of FIFA's ruling body from 2002-06 and took part in the election of South Africa as the 2010 World Cup host.

He is the last of three officials to appear at CAS among six banned by FIFA last year based on the newspaper's evidence.

Amos Adamu of Nigeria, who FIFA ruled had asked for bribes, challenged his three-year ban from all football duties last month.

Adamu was barred from voting when FIFA's high command chose World Cup hosts Russia and Qatar last December.

Amadou Diakite of Mali faced the same FIFA charges as Fusimalohi. He appealed his two-year ban last month.

Diakite had been a member of FIFA's refereeing committee.

The CAS panels are scheduled to give their three verdicts within several weeks.

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