Former FIFA and CAF Executive Committee mem¬ber, Nigeria’s Dr. Amos Adamu, has said in Lagos that he was banned for three years by a Sepp Blatter influenced FIFA Ethics and Disciplinary Committee to prevent a possible probe of his (Blatter’s) cor¬rupt involvement in the failed London bid for the 2018 World Cup.
Adamu who is also a for¬mer president of the West Africa Football Union, WAFU, said throughout his stay in FIFA he never asked for cash in return for his vote the way the FIFA boss and his other top placed executives had done for years as exposed by the FBI probe and Chuck Blazer’s confessional statements.
“It is an accepted norm in FIFA for countries bid¬ding to host the World Cup to make promises to de¬velop football facilities in affiliate countries which lack development. And London voluntarily chose to do that for Nigeria. The opposing bid country also made the same promises. On this I asked London to purchase all the materials for the artificial turf stadia and send to me and never asked for money.
“Blatter banned me for two things; to pacify the angry London Bid Com¬mittee not to investigate him further and also due to a $30million debt owed the FIFA Security Committee by the Nigerian govern¬ment incurred ahead of the 2009 U-17 World Cup. The surety to pay was signed by late president Umaru Yar’Adua, while former president Goodluck Jona¬than refused to pay.”
Adamu noted that Blat¬ter’s decision to resign as FIFA president was a tac¬tical move to prevent any possible move to investi¬gate him deeper. “There is a FIFA Regulation under the Swiss Law which says once you resign all investi¬gations against you stops.”