DILI (30 May 2011) – The FIFA Ethics Committee, under the chairmanship of Petrus Damaseb (Namibia), decided to provisionally suspend, with immediate effect, FIFA Vice-President Jack A. Warner and FIFA Executive Committee member Mohamed bin Hammam from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) worldwide after examining their cases in relation to alleged violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics linked to the upcoming FIFA presidential election.
The Ethics Committee considered that a provisional suspension was required while the investigation continues, taking into account the gravity of the case and the likelihood that a breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics and the FIFA Disciplinary Code has been committed.
Furthermore, the Ethics Committee examined the cases of two officials from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) – Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester – also in relation to an alleged breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics and the FIFA Disciplinary Code. The committee also decided to provisionally suspend these two officials from taking part in any football-related activity.
Meanwhile, regarding the ethics proceedings opened against FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter at the request of Mohamed bin Hammam for a potential breach of the FIFA Code of Ethics, all charges were dismissed in full, as the Ethics Committee found that no breach of the Code of Ethics had been committed.
The Ethics Committee will meet again in due course in order to take a final decision on the matter after gathering more information and evidence on the cases.
The panel of the FIFA Ethics Committee was composed of deputy chairman Petrus Damaseb (Namibia) and members Juan Pedro Damiani (Uruguay), Sondre Kaafjord (Norway), Les Murray (Australia) and Robert Torres (Guam).