Harold Mayne-Nicholls, a former Chile football federation president who considered running for FIFA president last year, was banned by the soccer federation's ethics committee Monday. No reason was given for the decision.
In a brief statement, the ethics committee said Mayne-Nicholls would not be allowed to take part "in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of seven years."
FIFA ethics judge Joachim Eckert chaired the panel that conducted a personal hearing for Mayne-Nicholls, who can appeal to FIFA and then the Court of Arbitration for Sport. In a statement, Eckert said "more detailed information will be given after this final decision becomes effective."
Appointed by FIFA in 2010 to lead an evaluation team looking into potential hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, Mayne-Nicholls concluded in his report that Russia and Qatar could present problems as host nations. The FIFA executive committee largely ignored the report and eventually awarded the next two tournaments to Russia and Qatar.