FIFA bans Ganesh Thapa, one of Asia’s most influential football figures, for 10 years

Ganesh Thapa

FIFA’s Independent Ethics Committee has banned the president of All Nepal Football Association (ANFA) Ganesh Thapa for 10 years slapping him with a fine of 20,000 Swiss francs.

Mr Thapa, who has been a major football figure not only in Nepal but in the entire Asian region, has been charged with various misconducts including financial embezzlement. He has been found to have engaged in ‘the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for both personal and family gain’.

Younger brother to Nepal’s Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa, he is facing simultaneous corruption-related probe from his own government.

FIFA made the decision, which is likely to effectively end Mr Thapa’s career for good, was made ‘based on investigations carried out by the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee under the chairmanship of Dr Cornel Borbély,’ a statement said on November 16.

The one-time hero of Nepalese football ‘committed various acts of misconduct’ in respect to FIFA Executive Committee elections in 2009 and 2011, FIFA further added.

fifaMr Thapa, however, has vehemently denied any wrong-doing saying he has been ‘disappointed’ with FIFA’s decision. “I have been very disappointed and I do not believe that justice has been served,’ he said yes on Monday.

It is understood he has appealed against the decision.

“Specifically, he was found guilty of infringing article 13 (General rules of conduct), article 15 (Loyalty), article 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), article 19 (Conflicts of interest), article 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and article 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE),” the Ethics Committee statement said.


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