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Amos Adamu loses FIFA ban Appeal.

Nigeria's former Fifa member Amos Adamu has lost his
appeal against a three-year ban over World Cup bid
The ruling from the court of arbitration for sport (Cas)
has confirmed the Fifa ban and even said that the
sanction was "relatively mild given the seriousness of
the offence".
Adamu was banned by Fifa's ethics committee following
a Sunday Times investigation when he was secretly
filmed by journalists, posing as lobbyists, asking for US
$800,000 (£504,000) to influence his vote for the
2018 World Cup.
Cas said in its ruling: "The Cas panel stressed that it
was of crucial importance that top football officials
should not only be honest but should evidently and
undoubtedly be seen to be honest.
"With respect to the behaviour of Dr Adamu, the Cas
panel was comfortably satisfied that he was far from
actively and unambiguously refusing the improper offer
set forth by the alleged lobbyists.
"In conclusion, the Cas arbitrators considered that the
sanction imposed by Fifa was not disproportionate and
was even relatively mild given the seriousness of the
It is the first time Cas has been called on to rule on a
sanction by Fifa's ethics committee. Mohamed bin
Hammam, the former Fifa member banned for life last
year for bribery, has also appealed to Cas and the
hearing will take place on 18 and 19 April.

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