Who: Nepal football chief Ganesh Thapa
What: Banned by FIFA for 10 years
When: 16 November 2015
Why: For corruption
FIFA, the governing body of football, on 16 November 2015 banned Nepal’s football chief Ganesh Thapa for 10 years for corruption.
The body also banned the president of the Laos federation Viphet Sihachakr for two years for bribery.
In the context of the 2009 and 2011 elections at the Asian Football Confederation congress, FIFA accused Thapa of committing various acts of misconduct, which includes the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for personal and family gain. FIFA’s ethics committee also stated that he had specifically been bribed over elections for the FIFA executive committee in 2009 and 2011.
Earlier, it was revealed by The Associated Press that Thapa received an illegal gift of 100000 US dollars from Bin Hammam in 2009. The money was deposited into the personal bank account of Thapa’s son.
Apart from the ban, Thapa was fined 20000 Swiss francs by the ethics committee’s adjudicatory chamber.
Sihachakr was banned for soliciting and accepting a payment from another football official around 2011 elections for the FIFA executive. He was fined 40000 Swiss francs.