FIFA bans former executive for life for corruption

FIFA didn't offer specifics of Vernon Manilal Fernando's corruption, which earned him a lifetime ban.
Sanka Gayashan/AP

ZURICH (AP) -- FIFA has imposed a lifetime ban on a former executive committee member accused of corruption.

The appeal committee of soccer's governing body issued the sanction Wednesday against Vernon Manilal Fernando, a Sri Lankan who had previously been banned for eight years.

FIFA rejected his appeal of the eight-year penalty and banned him for life "from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level.'' FIFA says Fernando broke rules on conflict of interest, bribery and corruption, accepting gifts and other benefits, among other violations.

It did not specify the circumstances of the misconduct.

Fernando's original ban was announced in April. He had been a close associate of Mohamed bin Hammam, a Qatari who was expelled by FIFA for life after a bribery scandal connected to his failed bid to oust FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

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