The world Football body FIFA today banned former Sri Lanka football chief Manilal Fernando for eight years.
A FIFA statement said that the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has decided to ban FIFA Executive Committee member Vernon Manilal Fernando from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of eight years after he was found guilty of several breaches of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
The decision was reached following two days of hearings held on 29 and 30 April at FIFA’s headquarters in Zurich.
The ban is effective from 11 March 2013, the date on which he was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber, the FIFA statement said.
In early March FIFA provisionally banned 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) 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 the FIFA Code of Ethics, in order to prevent interference with the establishment of the truth with respect to proceedings 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. (Colombo Gazette)