FIFA get tough with tainted duo of Adamu, Tamarii

Nigerian Amos Adamu was banned from all-soccer related activities for three years and fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,130) for breaches of five articles of FIFA's ethics code including one on bribery.

Reynald Temarii of Tahiti, president of the Oceania Football Confederation, was banned for one year and fined 5,000 Swiss francs for breaching articles on general conduct and loyalty.  Four other FIFA officials were banned and fined, including Slim Aloulou, chairman of the committee that settles disputes between clubs, players and coaches, and the previously disgraced Ismael Bhamjee.

A further claim by British newspaper The Sunday Times that some bidding countries were guilty of collusion before the December 2 vote in Zurich was dismissed by the ethics committee.

The decision means only 22 executive committee members, instead of the expected 24, will vote when FIFA chooses the hosts for the two tournaments.

“For as long as I am in the ethics committee, we will have a zero tolerance policy for all violations of standards,” said its chairman Claudio Sulser after a three-day hearing.  “We don't want cheaters, we don't want doping, we don't want abuses to be accepted.”

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