Mayne-Nicholls can return to soccer as CAS cuts World Cup inspector's ban
Harold Mayne-Nicholls, the Chilean soccer official who headed up the inspection team which visited the countries bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, can return to the sport this month after the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced his ban today.
Mayne-Nicholls' three year ban was due to expire in July 2018, but the CAS ruling paves the way for his immediate return.
The CAS panel confirmed that Mayne-Nicholls had infringed Fifa's code of ethics relating to general rules of conduct, loyalty and conflict of interests, but did not confirm the violation of offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, thus imposing a two-year ban.
In July 2015, Mayne-Nicholls, the former president of the ANFP, the Chilean soccer federation, was banned by the Fifa ethics committee after being found guilty of infringing the above four articles of the code of ethics. It subsequently emerged that he had been punished for approaching the Aspire academy in Doha in 2010 to ask about opportunities for unpaid work and intern positions for relatives while inspecting Qatar’s bid for the 2022 World Cup.
In April last year, the Fifa appeal committee upheld the guilty verdict, but cut the ban from seven years to three, while keeping the SFr20,000 ($20,740) fine in place.
Mayne-Nicholls had been considering running for the Fifa presidency at the time the ban was enforced.
He oversaw the compilation of a report on the nine bidders for the next two World Cups, in which Qatar was regarded as a “high risk” option. However, the Middle East country was chosen as the host of the 2022 tournament, at the same time that Russia was granted the 2018 event, in December 2010.