- Associated Press - Friday, February 24, 2012

LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND (AP) - Former FIFA official Amos Adamu has lost his appeal against a three-year ban from soccer for seeking bribes during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a judgment by FIFA’s ethics committee to expel Adamu from soccer until October 2013.

The panel said the ban “was relatively mild given the seriousness of the offense.”

Adamu was secretly filmed by British undercover reporters asking for $800,000 to influence his World Cup vote. He said the money would pay for soccer fields in his native Nigeria.

The scandal implicated Adamu and five other senior officials, and plunged FIFA into turmoil weeks before the vote in December 2010.

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