Thailand FA chief Worawi suspended by FIFA

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Worawi Makudi, the president of the Football Association of Thailand, has been handed a 90-day suspension by the FIFA Ethics Committee.

Worawi, a former member of FIFA’s executive committee, has been suspended from all footballing activities "on the grounds that a breach of [FIFA’s] code of ethics appears to have been committed”.

The 63-year-old has protested his innocence and has said that he would fight any charges leveled against him.

“I have no idea why FIFA issued such suspension order which relatively defames my reputation,” Worawi has been quoted as saying in the local press. 

“I will have the legal team send a petition to FIFA immediately under my rights. According to Thai laws, this case is not final. I’m still entitled to do local activities.”

Football Association of Thailand lawyer, Narinpong Jinapak, issued a statement indicating that Worawi would appeal the suspension.

Worawi is the ninth of 24 members of FIFA's executive committee prior to the 2010 vote for the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups that has been suspended or banned amid allegations of widespread corruption.