Manilal to challenge FIFA ban

Former Sri Lanka football chief Manilal Fernando is to challenge a ban imposed on him by the world football body FIFA.

Fernando’s lawyers said that he is disappointed with the decision of the Adjudicatory Chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee.

A FIFA statement yesterday had said that the adjudicatory chamber of the FIFA Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, had 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.

Fernando’s lawyers, in a media statement, said that at this point he has been given no reasons for the decision, but merely that some provisions of the Ethics Code has been breached.

“Fernando has consulted with his Legal Team and is confident that he will clear his name. He is prepared to take this matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which is an Arbitral Tribunal, which is independent of FIFA,” Fernando’s lawyers said.

The ban is effective from 11 March 2013, the date on which he was provisionally suspended by the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber. (Colombo Gazette)