Fifa to decide on Worawi Makudi 'within days'

By Richard ConwayBBC Sport
Worawi Makudi
Thai football boss Worawi Makudi was accused of corruption by Lord Triesman

Fifa has confirmed that Thai executive committee member Worawi Makudi has provided them with papers in a bid to clear his name over accusations he benefited from football grants used on land he owns.

Allegations appeared last month that Makudi benefited from football development grants to build facilities on land it was claimed he owned near Bankgkok.

Makudi sent the documents to the Zurich HQ of the world governing body last week. He maintains the land in question was transferred to the Thai FA.

The governing body will now take "a few days" to examine the documents.

Fifa says there is currently no ethics committee investigation into Makudi. But it is possible one could be opened if it is unconvinced by the documentation that has now been provided to them.

As disclosed by the BBC last week the documents, which run to over 30 pages, are being analysed by Fifa's head of security, Chris Eaton.

Makudi, who was unable to attend last week's Executive Committee meeting in Zurich due to flooding in Bangkok, has continually rejected claims that he owned the land on which money from Fifa's "Goal" development programme was used.

Grants totalling £542,000 from Fifa's "Goal" development project were used to build Thailand's national football centre. An artificial pitch was also installed.

The centre is located in the Nong Jok district of Thailand and was opened in September 2009 by Fifa president Sepp Blatter.

In May Makudi was named in Parliament by former Football Association chairman Lord Triesman as one of four Fifa members who sought "bribes" in return for backing England's failed 2018 World Cup bid.

Fifa subsequently dismissed Lord Triesman's allegations.