2 former FIFA officials lose corruption appeals


ZURICH (AP) -- Former FIFA executive committee members Amadou Diakite and Ahongalu Fusimalohi have lost their appeals against two-year bans for corruption during bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

FIFA says in a statement it is "satisfied" by the Court of Arbitration for Sport verdicts, which "underlines once more FIFA's zero tolerance" for breaches of its ethics code.

Diakite and Fusimalohi were suspended based on evidence provided by British newspaper The Sunday Times.

They advised undercover reporters posing as lobbyists how to bribe FIFA officials with $1 million.

Diakite, from Mali, was removed from FIFA's referees committee and Fusimalohi lost his job as chief executive of Tonga's football association.