The apex body of international football FIFA has banned All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) President Ganesh Thapa for 10 years from all national and international levels football activities.
Thapa who was the former Vice-President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has been fined 20,000 Swiss Francs along suspension. The Adjudicatory Chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee of FIFA took such decision against Thapa on Monday, November 16, 2015.
The Ethics Committee has found Thapa’s involvement in financial embezzlement during 2009 and 2011 FIFA Executive Committee Election at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress.
“Mr Thapa, in the context of the 2009 and 2011 elections for the FIFA Executive Committee at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) congress, committed various acts of misconduct over several years, including the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for both personal and family gain,” according to FIFA statement.
The governing body of football has found Thapa guilty of infringing article 13 (General rules of conduct), article 15 (Loyalty), article 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), article 19 (Conflicts of interest), article 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and article 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
Meanwhile, Thapa has expressed dissatisfaction over the FIFA’s decision of banning him from football activities.
Issuing a statement, Thapa said he would move to court against FIFA’s decision in need. He seeks clarification.