FIFA bans Manilal Fernando for 90 days

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) provisionally banned FIFA Executive Committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando for a period of a maximum of 90 days.

A FIFA statement said that at the request of Michael J. Garcia (chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee), Hans-Joachim Eckert (chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee) today provisionally banned Fernando from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of a maximum of 90 days.

The decision was taken based on art. 83 par. 1 in fine of the FIFA Code of Ethics, in order to prevent interference with the establishment of the truth with respect to proceedings now in the adjudicatory chamber.

The proceedings relate to formal ethics charges brought in a final report filed by the chairman of the investigatory chamber with the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber.

The report is the result of investigatory proceedings opened in October 2012, FIFA said in the statement.

The case is now with the jurisdiction of the adjudicatory chamber for any further procedural steps that chamber deems appropriate. (Colombo Gazette)

Profile of Fernando posted on the FIFA website:

FERNANDO Manilal V.
Nationality: Sri Lanka
Date of Birth: 13.10.49
Mother tongue: Sinhalese
Other languages: English
Place of Residence: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Confederation represented
AFC

FIFA Ex-Co member since
2011

Other functions in football
Chairman of the management committee football of Sri Lanka.

Occupation
Attorney at Law and Chairman HolcimLanka.

Professional career
Attorney at Law since 1972

Hobbies
Playing the stock market

What does football mean to you?
A passion and a dedication

Which football club did you support as a child?
Greenfield SC in Sri Lanka and Liverpool FC at international level.

Did you ever have an idol in football ?
Pele.

What is your fondest footballing memory?
Meeting Pele first of all and being elected at FIFA.

What has been your biggest disappointment in football?
The Sri Lankan national team.