Chung to sue FIFA watchdog over ban

FIFA presidential contender Chung Mong-Joon said on Friday he will sue the world football body’s ethics committee for defamation over a six-year ban and make a formal appeal to the international sport tribunal.

Chung Mong-Joon said he would take action against FIFA’s independent ethics committee “for damaging my reputation” in its handling of his case.   -  Getty Images

FIFA presidential contender Chung Mong-Joon said on Friday he will sue the world football body’s ethics committee for defamation over a six-year ban and make a formal appeal to the international sport tribunal.

The South Korean tycoon said in a statement he would take action against FIFA’s independent ethics committee “for damaging my reputation” in its handling of his case.

The watchdog suspended FIFA head Sepp Blatter, secretary-general Jerome Valcke and UEFA president Michel Platini for 90 days on Thursday.

Chung, a candidate for the FIFA presidency to be decided in February along with Platini and Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan, was banned for six years.

“This is the most blatant miscarriage of justice,” Chung said, accusing the watchdog of making “vague” accusations under FIFA’s code of ethics.

The billionaire former FIFA vice president said he will mobilise “all legal means available” including a formal request next week to the Lausanne based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“The Ethics Committee will also be the subject of my legal actions for damaging my reputation,” he said.

He said he will also press ahead with legal action against Blatter for “embezzlement”.

The six-year ban automatically rules Chung out of the FIFA race. He was also fined 100,000 Swiss francs ($100,000).

The scion of the Hyundai family was found to have contravened rules while lobbying for South Korea’s bid for the 2022 World Cup, which was awarded to Qatar in 2010.

“It is a shameful attempt to punish me for my open criticisms of FIFA,” Chung said, describing the watchdog’s investigation as “a political ploy” aimed at sabotaging his candidacy.

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