Another top soccer official has been sanctioned following an investigation about claims of misdeals within soccer’s mother organization.
FIFA has suspended Thai soccer association president Worawi Makudi for 90 days, according to a report by the Associated Press.
Makudi, a former FIFA executive committee member and who was on the committee in December 2010 when it voted to award the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 tournament to Qatar, was placed on suspension pending a full investigation, according to FIFA’s ethics committee.
His sanction adds to the growing list of officials who have been placed under close watch in the midst of corruption allegations hurled against soccer’s world governing body.
FIFA’s ethics committee bared that its code appears to have been breached and the case “is now the subject of formal investigation proceedings.”
Added details of the allegations were not provided in Monday’s statement but Worawi has been under investigation for his conduct during the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding contests.
Worawi was a FIFA executive committee member for 18 years until May.
Last July, Worawi was found guilty of forgery in his 2013 re-election to lead the Thai federation. A Bangkok criminal court sentenced Worawi to a suspended jail term of one year and four months.
“The decision was taken 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,” according to FIFA’s statement.
“The case is now the subject of formal investigation proceedings.”
Switzerland’s attorney-general has opened an investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 tournaments, which was also the subject of a FIFA ethics probe conducted by former chief ethics investigator Michael Garcia.
Worawi’s suspension matches that of FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who stepped down earlier in the month while facing a Swiss criminal investigation.