Former Fifa official Worawi at court for ban appeal hearing

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.


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