FIFA seek to ban former Thai federation boss Worawi

Munich, July 22

FIFA’s ethics committee on Friday recommended a ban of at least four years from all football activities for former Thailand federation president Worawi Makudi.

Worawi, a FIFA executive committee member until last year, is in the dock for violating the sport’s ruling body’s “general rules” and “forgery and falsification”, FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber revealed in a statement. The suspension was called for after a final report on Worawi was submitted by the investigatory arm of FIFA’s ethics committee.

“The investigatory chamber recommends a ban from all football-related activity for no less than four years and a fine of CHF 25,000 ($25,000),” the judging body announced. “For reasons linked to privacy rights and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty, the adjudicatory chamber will not publish further details at the moment,” its statement added.

Thai football has been mired in division and controversy after a cascade of scandals linked to the deposed Football Association of Thailand (FAT) chief. Worawi was found guilty in July 2015 by a Thai court of forgery in his re-election as head of FAT. He has denied all wrongdoing.

Worawi was for years a staunch ally of disgraced ex-FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who has been banned from football for six years over ethics violation.