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Fifa's Adamu and Temarii launch appeals against bans

Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii
Adamu and Temarii were targeted by a Sunday Times investigation

Fifa executive committee members Amos Adamu and Reynald Temarii have formally appealed against suspensions imposed after corruption allegations.

Nigeria's Adamu was banned for three years after he was caught seeking bribes from undercover reporters.

Temarii, from Tahiti, was cleared of corruption but received a one-year ban for breaching confidentiality rules. Both deny any wrongdoing.

Football's world governing body will hear their appeals on 2-3 February.

Both men were barred from voting on who should host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups in December.

Fifa's Independent Appeals Committee, chaired by Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden, will hear their cases.

Temarii claimed on 13 January to have received a letter from Fifa on 30 December in which he was "cleared [of] all corruption allegations".

He added: "The ethics committee have accused me of breaching Fifa confidentiality and loyalty, with which I totally disagree.

"I hope a meeting, possibly next month, will see Fifa's appeals committee realise I have not breached any articles within the code of ethics, nor did have the intention to."

Adamu hopes to be exonerated within weeks, clearing him to stand for re-election.

The Confederation for African Football (Caf) has its annual assembly on 23 February in Khartoum, Sudan, where it will choose two of its four delegates to the 24-member Fifa ruling body. Adamu is listed as a candidate pending his appeal.

Fifa says three more officials - former executive members Slim Aloulou, Amadou Diakite and Ahongalu Fusimalohi - will also have appeals against corruption suspensions heard on 2-3 February.

A sixth suspended official, Ismail Bhamjee of Botswana, has not appealed.

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