FIFA Bans Kalusha Bwalya Over Payments From Qatari

FIFA has announced the ban of African official Kalusha Bwalya for two years over a payment from shamed former Asian soccer leader Mohammed bin Hammam.

An investigation showed that Bin Hammam paid Bwalya $50,000 in 2009 and $30,000 in 2011 as the Qatari wanted to challenge Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency.

Bin Hammam abandoned the 2011 contest when vote-buying accusations emerged.

The FIFA ethics committee has now found Bwalya guilty of falling foul of the ethics code for accepting gifts and violating confidentiality rules while he was president of the Zambian soccer federation.

In addition to a two-year ban, Bwalya has been fined 100,000 Swiss francs.

The 1988 African player of the year was re-elected in March 2017 to the Confederation of African Football's executive committee but withdrew from the vote for a place on the FIFA Council.

At the time, Bwalya cited the need to concentrate on his role in Africa, but FIFA had opened an investigation into Bwalya the preceding month.

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 years ago

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