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Ex-FIFA Vice-president Temarii Charged Over 2022 WC Vote

PARIS: FIFA´s disgraced former vice-president Reynald Temarii of Tahiti has been charged with corruption by French prosecutors probing Qatar´s 2022 World Cup bid process. The charge, the first to emerge from the years-long investigation, is for passive corruption and was confirmed by France´s financial crimes prosecutors (PNF).

Temarii is a former president of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC). But he was forced out in 2010 after being implicated in a vote-selling scandal during an undercover newspaper sting before the controversial awarding to Qatar of last year´s football showpiece.

Temarii was banned for a year by FIFA on November 17, 2010, ruling him out of the infamous December 2 vote at FIFA´s headquarters in Zurich.

The OFC were entitled to organise someone to vote in his place, with the first of their votes designated for Australia then if necessary to the United States, the favourites for the 2022 staging rights over Qatar.

But Temarii appealed his ban on the night of November 30, having initially accepted his suspension. Read More

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