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FIFA: reinstated S. Korean official can maintain honorary post

All Headlines 18:59 July 12, 2018

SEOUL, July 12 (Yonhap) -- Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon has been allowed to keep his honorary post in the international football governing body regardless of his suspension record, Seoul's football association said Thursday.

The Korea Football Association (KFA) said it recently received a letter from FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura, saying that Chung had not been stripped of his honorary vice president position in FIFA and the 66-year-old South Korean is free to use that title.

Chung, who served as a FIFA vice president from 1994 to 2011, was bestowed the honorary position in 2011. Honorary members can take part in the FIFA Congress and can join debates. They are not allowed to vote, however.

In 2015, Chung was found guilty of infringing on FIFA's code of conduct during South Korea's bid for the 2022 World Cup, which was eventually awarded to Qatar, in 2010. He first received a six-year ban by FIFA's Ethics Committee, but the Appeal Committee later reduced the suspension to five years and halved his fine to 50,000 Swiss francs.

Chung, however, was still upset and took his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in April last year. The world's top sports tribunal then ended FIFA's ban on Chung, reducing the five-year suspension to 15 months, which meant that his ban had expired as of Jan. 7. The CAS also canceled the fine imposed on him.

Chung, who is also honorary president of the KFA, recently visited Russia to watch 2018 FIFA World Cup matches. He also met with FIFA President Gianni Infantino.

Chung, a billionaire scion of the South Korean conglomerate Hyundai Group, is also a cousin of current KFA President and FIFA Council member Chung Mong-gyu.

In this file photo taken June 18, 2018, former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon (C) watches a 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Sweden and South Korea at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. (Yonhap)


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