The former Chilean FA president was in charge of evaluating 2018 and 2022 World Cup candidate countries, but has now been suspended for a seven-year period

The man tasked with evaluating the controversial 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids has been given a seven-year ban for a breach of Fifa’s code of ethics.

Harold Mayne-Nicholls, who had previously served as president of the Chilean FA, was employed by Fifa to chair its Bid Evaluation Group looking into the feasibility of all candidates ahead of the 2010 decisions by the world governing body’s Executive Committee.

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But Fifa announced on Monday that Mayne-Nicholls has been exiled from all forms of the game after an investigation by the organisation’s Ethics Committee.

A statement read:

“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has decided to ban Harold Mayne-Nicholls, former chairman of the Bid Evaluation Group for the 2018 and 2022 Fifa World Cups and former Chilean Football Association President, from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for a period of seven years.

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“The decision was taken following a hearing in the presence of the accused and the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Dr Cornel Borbély.

“In accordance with article 36 of the Fifa Code of Ethics more detailed information will be given after this final decision becomes effective.”

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A Sunday Times investigation found that the 54-year-old had been unconvinced by the Russia and Qatar bids which eventually won the right to host the finals tournaments, with his report regarding the unsuitability of the two countries said to have been widely ignored by the Executive Committee ahead of the December 2010 polls.