“The adjudicatory chamber has determined that Mr Temarii’s conduct violated FIFA code of ethics articles on.


.. general rules of conduct, loyalty, confidentiality, conflicts of interest and offering and accepting gifts…,” said FIFA’s ethics committee in a statement.

Temarii, the general director of Tahiti’s FA, was suspended from all football activity for one year in 2010 following an investigation into allegations he offered to sell his vote in the World Cup hosting contest to undercover newspaper reporters.

Nigeria’s Amos Adamu, a fellow FIFA executive committee member, was banned for three years in the same case.

FIFA’s ethics committee said Temarii then accepted “an amount of 305,640 euros from Mr Mohamed bin Hammam, who was then a member of the FIFA Executive Committee and the AFC President, to cover the costs of his legal expenses in the context of an appeal.”

“Temarii received the money in January 2011 following a meeting with Mr Bin Hammam in November 2010 in Kuala Lumpur,” added the statement.

Temarii, who was also president of the Oceania Football Confederation at the time, lost his appeal.

Qatari Bin Hammam, another FIFA executive committee member, was initially banned by soccer’s world governing body for bribery ahead of the 2011 FIFA presidential elections in which he was standing against incumbent Sepp Blatter.

Bin Hammam eventually overturned the verdict after a lengthy court process only to be suspended following a review of AFC accounts by FIFA who accused him of repeated violations of the ethics code during 2008-2011.

(Editing by Ken Ferris)