When will it end? Nobody knows
After suspending president Sepp Blatter, his secretary general Jerome Valcke and president of UEFA and aspiring FIFA presidential candidate Michel Platini for 90 days, FIFA’s Ethics Committee is continuing its tough stance to try and get to the bottom of the deep-rooted corruption in world soccer’s governing body.
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On Monday it was announced that Worawi Makudi, the President of The Football Association of Thailand, has been suspended for 90 days from all soccer activities.
With investigations from both the Swiss and U.S. authorities still ongoing, expect to see plenty more high-ranking FIFA officials wrapped up in theses allegations of corruption which have torn apart the governing body of world soccer since stunning dawn raids in Switzerland back on May 27, 2015.
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Below is the statement from FIFA HQ in Zurich, as the organization now seems to be methodically running through a list of potential members who have been involved in wrongdoing.
The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has suspended Worawi Makudi, the President of The Football Association of Thailand and a former member of the FIFA Executive Committee, from all football activities at national and international level for 90 days. The ban is effective immediately.
The decision was taken pursuant to the FIFA Code of Ethics art. 83 par. 1, on the grounds that a breach of the Code of Ethics appears to have been committed and a decision on the main issue may not be taken early enough. This decision against Worawi Makudi followed a request from the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, Dr Cornel Borbely. The case is now the subject of formal investigation proceedings.
There were no details of the allegations against Worawi, but he has been suspected of wrongdoing in the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids in the past. He was also given a suspended jail sentence by the Bangkok criminal court after being found guilty of forging his re-election as head of the Thai FA back in 2013.
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Worawi was a member of FIFA’s Executive Committee until May, but has followed in the footsteps of many of his close associates who have been suspended from FIFA. Expect many more cases like this to follow as information gathered by both the U.S. and Swiss authorities is used to try and clean up world soccer’s governing body for good. Based on the incidents so far, this could take a long, long time.