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My support for Blatter’s suspension caused FIFA probe – Adamu

Former FIFA executive member, Mr. Amos Adamu, has said that his latest investigation by FIFA is not unconnected with his support for the suspension of Sepp Blatter by the ethics committee.

Adamu told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday that FIFA lacked the basis for commencing another investigation against him after his three-year ban.

“One paper was making reference to the first issue I had with FIFA that I asked them to give me money to buy pitches.

“Yesterday I saw my name that they are investigating me; they have not communicated to me yet and I want them to communicate to me before I react to whatever they want to say.

“The issue that happened before has happened and If there was any other issue that was involved, they would have said it that time.

“If they have any other new evidence they want to bring, then, let them bring it, I am equal to the task to answer the issue.

“You know I was very vocal that they must follow the rules; Blatter must go on suspension, Platini must go on suspension and they did just that.’’

According to the former CAF executive member, his allegedly being witch-hunted has cost him the opportunity of taking over reins of power from CAF President Isa Hayatou, now acting FIFA president.

“I told you the reason why they banned me that time; I was the only one they gave three years.

“Initially, I was going to be CAF president; they thought Hayatou will go. The election was in two years, so, they said I cannot contest; I said `yes sir, I cannot contest’.

“Let’s wait for them to tell me why they are investigating me, they must write me anyway.’’

NAN reports that Adamu was banned from all football activities in 2010 for three years over the allegation that he asked for money in exchange for World Cup votes, an accusation he has since denied.

He is now under investigation for alleged breach of FIFA’s code of ethics.

About Lanre Oyetade

A multiple award winner in Economics and business journalism, Lanre Oyetade has served close to two decades in the media industry, spanning different notable stables, where he is privileged to have risen to the position of a title editor. A masters degree holder in Economics from the University of Lagos and doctoral student at the Babcock University, he is a winner of the prestigious NMMA Capital Market Award for two consecutive years (2004 & 2005), and was also a nominee for the body’s banking and finance and money market awards for two years. In 2013, he also won the Most Outstanding Business-Reporting Title Editor award of the National Institute of Marketing of Nigeria (NIMN). A minister in the LORDS’s vineyard, he has been an inspirational speaker and resource person at many corporate and religious fora since early 2004, and has so far authored three books on the capital market; on personal effectiveness, and on personal finance, in 2008 and 2014, respectively.