FIFA Ethics Judges Open Case Against Worawi

Former Thai Football Association President Worawi Makudi, seated at center, in a photo from Oct. 17, 2013, when he was elected to another term.

ZURICH — FIFA ethics judges have opened a case against former executive committee member Worawi Makudim who faces a four-year ban for alleged election forgery and other misconduct during his tenure as president of the Football Association of Thailand.

The FIFA ethics committee judging chamber said Makudi can request a hearing and submit evidence.

FIFA ethics prosecutors requested a ban of at least four years and a (885,000 baht) fine.

Charges against Makudi include “forgery and falsification,” and refusing to cooperate with investigators.

The case relates to Makudi’s 2013 re-election to lead the Thailand football federation.

Makudi was a member of FIFA’s tainted executive committee for 18 years until Asian federations voted him out in April 2015.

He was a longtime ally of former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam.