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Tahiti official allegedly sought $2.3 million payoff

PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, Nov. 2, 2010) – In Switzerland, the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) Ethics committee is expected to give a decision on Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) President Reynald Temarii's future on November 17.

[PIR editor’s note: Reynald Temarii is the President of Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and also a member of the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) Executive Committee. He is also the advisor to the Government of French Polynesia.]

OFC (Oceania football confederation) President Temarii, from Tahiti, was suspended by FIFA on October. 20.

This decision followed his alleged involvement in deals to sell this 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting votes.

Nigeria's FIFA Executive Committee member Amos Adamu has also been suspended by the football governing body for the same reasons.

Temarii was named in a report in Britain's Sunday Times offering to sell his vote to decide the venue of the next two Soccer World Cups.

The report said Temarii met with an undercover reporter in an Auckland hotel and asked for NZ$3 million [US$2.31 million] for a football academy in the city in exchange for his vote.

FIFA is scheduled to announce in December in Zurich, Switzerland, which countries will host the Soccer World Cups in 2018 and 2022.

The 24-strong executive committee will decide both venues on a majority vote.

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