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Former FIFA official Makudi overturns ban from soccer at CAS

All Star Thailand XI v Manchester City

BANGKOK, THAILAND - MAY 17: Chairman of Manchester City Thaksin Shinawatra (R) listens to President of Thailand Football Association Dato’ Worawi Makudi (L) before the kick-off during the Friendly Match between Manchester City and All Star Thailand XI at the Rajamangala Stadium on May 17, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) Former senior FIFA official Worawi Makudi has won an appeal and overturned a ban from soccer for unproven forgery.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it canceled a 3+-year ban imposed by FIFA for alleged wrongdoing during a Thailand soccer federation election.

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Makudi’s punishment was cut to a reprimand and a 5,000 Swiss franc ($5,000) fine for failing to cooperate with FIFA investigators.

CAS says it declined to award Makudi costs because the new witness and evidence he produced were available to FIFA judicial bodies.

Makudi was accused of altering Thai soccer statutes before his 2013 presidential re-election campaign.

Makudi was a FIFA executive committee member for 18 years until being voted out by Asian member federations in 2015.


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