Ganesh Thapa: Ten-year Fifa ban for Nepal FA president

Fifa president Sepp Blatter (left) and Ganesh Thapa
Ganesh Thapa (right) pictured here with suspended Fifa president Sepp Blatter

Ganesh Thapa, an influential figure in Asian football, has been banned for 10 years by Fifa for bribery.

Nepal Football Association president and ex-Asian football vice-president Thapa, 55, was found guilty of "various acts of misconduct over several years".

He is also under investigation by Nepalese authorities for allegedly embezzling millions of pounds of football development money.

Lao Football Federation chief Viphet Sihachakr was given a two-year ban.

Fifa said Sihachakr "solicited and accepted a payment from another football official" in relation to the 2011 elections for the Fifa executive committee at the Asian Football Confederation congress.

Thapa, in the context of the 2009 and 2011 elections at the Asian Football Confederation congress, was accused by Fifa of "committing various acts of misconduct ...including the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for both personal and family gain".

He told the BBC he would fight against the decision.

"I had been extending co-operation to their investigation for the last four years. I will now appeal it at the Court of Arbitration for Sport," said Thapa, who is also a member of the Nepal parliament.

Thapa's ban will cover all football activities at both national and international level and comes into force with immediate effect.

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