ZURICH (AP) — In the latest bribery case at the heart of FIFA, former executive committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando was given a life ban from football on Wednesday.
FIFA said its appeals panel upheld a request from ethics prosecutor Michael Garcia to increase the Sri Lankan official's 8-year ban to a lifetime sanction.
Fernando's own appeal to overturn the original ban imposed in April was dismissed.
FIFA finally detailed charges against Fernando after previously banning him without explaining how he had violated the governing body's code of ethics.
FIFA said Fernando broke rules on bribery and corruption, accepting gifts and other benefits, plus conflict of interest among other violations.
Still, the circumstances of the misconduct were not specified.
Fernando was 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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