Former Fifa official Worawi at court for ban appeal hearing
- 11 Oct 2018 at 18:57
- WRITER: ASSOCIATED PRESS
In this Sept 19, 2012 file photo, Fifa executive committee member Worawi Makudi speaks to reporters during a press conference at the office of the Football Association of Thailand in Bangkok. (AP photo)
LAUSANNE: Former Fifa executive committee member Worawi Makudi is at the Court of Arbitration for Sport challenging his ban for forgery ahead of a Thailand soccer federation election.
Mr Worawi said outside the court on Thursday he was "very confident. I didn't do anything wrong''.
The former Thai federation president appealed against a 3½-year ban by Fifa that expires in April 2020. He was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100).
Fifa's ethics committee found him guilty of forgery, falsifying documents, and not cooperating with investigators.
Mr Worawi was alleged to have altered federation statutes before his 2013 re-election campaign.
He was convicted in a Bangkok criminal court but said on Thursday that case was resolved in his favour.
"You know very clearly that the court in Thailand already decided I won the case, OK?'' he said.
Mr Worawi was a long-time ally of Qatar's Mohamed bin Hammam when sitting on Fifa's ruling committee for 18 years until 2015. He was voted out by Asian federations.