Former Thailand FA boss Makudi successfully appeals against FIFA ban

Former FIFA
official Worawi Makudi's three-and-a-half-year ban has been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after the ex-Thai FA president proved he had not falsified documents.
The 67-year-old was originally given a five-year ban by FIFA's ethics committee in 2016, after it was claimed he had illegally altered the Thai FA's rules to facilitate his re-election in 2013.
Makudi, who served on FIFA's executive committee (ExCo) between 1997 and 2015, persuaded a FIFA appeal committee to reduce that sanction to three and a half years, only to appeal against that decision at global sport's highest court.
In a statement, CAS said its panel has decided that Makudi did not breach article 17 (forgery and falsification) of FIFA's code of ethics but did breach article 41 (obligation of the parties to collaborate), although not to the extent FIFA believed.
'Accordingly, the CAS panel found the appropriate sanctions to be a reprimand and a fine of 5,000 Swiss francs (£3,870) and cancelled the ban from taking part in any football-related activity,' it said.
But the panel added that Makudi presented 'additional witnesses and new information' at his CAS appeal - new evidence that was crucial to his case and could have cleared him sooner.
'As a consequence, the CAS panel did not grant any costs to Mr Makudi, although he was successful in part in this appeal procedure,' it added.
Makudi tried to sue Lord Triesman for defamation after the former FA chairman told the UK Parliament that the Thai had demanded the broadcast rights to a friendly between England and Thailand in return for voting for England's unsuccessful bid to host the 2018 World Cup. The case, however, was dismissed in 2014.

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