FIFA confirms new probe against disgraced Adamu
From OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS, (CAJ News) – FIFA, the world football governing body, disclosed investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has begun proceedings against beleaguered Nigerian administrator, Amos Adamu.
He is among more than ten officials under probe in the wake of the biggest scandal ever to rock the Beautiful Game.
Such investigations are ongoing against FIFA President Joseph Blatter and UEFA President Michel Platini, both of whom are currently provisionally suspended.
The investigatory chamber also confirms the ongoing proceedings against suspended FIFA Secretary General Jérôme Valcke related to the suspicion of misuse of expenses and other infringements of FIFA’s rules and regulations.
Formal investigation proceedings relating to the suspicion of infringements of the FIFA Code of Ethics are amongst others ongoing against Worawi Makudi, Jeffrey Webb, Ricardo Teixeira, Adamu, Eugenio Figueredo and Nicolás Leoz. Proceedings relating to the two officials Ángel María Villar Llona and Franz Beckenbauer have already been passed on to the adjudicatory chamber.
FIFA said for procedural reasons, no further names of other parties affected by the proceedings were currently being disclosed.
“Under the FIFA Code of Ethics, pursuant to the presumption of innocence, the investigatory chamber shall examine all circumstances of the cases equally. In this sense, all parties are presumed innocent until a decision has been passed by the adjudicatory chamber,” said Andreas Bantel, Spokesman for the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee.
Former Nigerian Sports Commission Director General Adamu has already been fined and banned by FIFA for “breaching bribery rules” bribes to influence voting for the 2018 World Cup, which Russia will host.
The latest probe against him mirrors the deepening corruption scandal at FIFA where he was an executive committee member.
– CAJ News
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