FIFA executive committee member Amos Adamu will face an ethics panel hearing after being implicated in a bribery scandal involving the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Adamu declined comment later after meeting with FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who has promised an “in-depth investigation” into corruption allegations against the two officials.
The probe follows a report in Britain's Sunday Times newspaper — based on a sting investigation by undercover reporters — that Adamu and Temarii offered to sell their votes in the bidding for the World Cup. The FIFA vote is scheduled for December 2 in Zurich.
The FIFA ethics committee is chaired by Claudio Sulser, a lawyer and former Switzerland international player. The panel can enforce any punishment in FIFA’s disciplinary code, including banning officials “from taking part in any kind of football-related activity.”
Temarii, the Oceania Football Confederation president, told the AP on Sunday that he made a mistake in talking to the reporters, who secretly filmed him asking for NZ$3 million ($2.3 million) to fund a football academy in Auckland.