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FIFA ethics calls for 2-year ban for Niersbach over Germany 2006 bid

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By Andrew Warshaw

May 20 – The career of Wolfgang Niersbach (pictured), for so long the rising star of German football administration who was touted as a potential leader of UEFA, has suffered a potentially fatal blow with FIFA’s ethics committee recommending a two-year ban and a SFr30,000 fine be imposed on him following  an investigation of Germany’s 2006 World Cup bid.

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Damiani quits FIFA ethics role but denies personally dealing with Figueredo

By Andrew Warshaw

April 7 – A member of the FIFA body responsible for rooting out corruption has himself resigned after being placed under investigation over his offshore business dealings exposed in the Panama Papers tax haven leak, heaping damage on the accountability and credibility at the heart of football’s world governing just when it is trying to restore its battered reputation.

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