By HENRY MORABANG and New Zealand Herald
PNG Football Association president David Chung will subsequently continue as acting Oceania Football Confederation president until further notice.
Chung’s elevation to OFC seat stemmed from the FIFA ethics committee imposing a suspension on Reynald Temarii from all football-related activities for a year.
He is expected in the country today after touring several countries on official duty as the acting OFC president.
Speaking on Temarii’s suspension, Chung said: “OFC is satisfied with the process carried out by the FIFA Ethics Committee and will cooperate fully with the findings.
“Following a thorough review of the facts, the committee has cleared Temarii of corruption, including Article 6 (conduct towards government and private organisations), Article 10 (accepting and giving gifts and other benefits), Article 11 (Bribery), Article 14 (duty of disclosure and reporting) but found him in breach of the minor clauses – Article 3 (general rules) and Article 9 (loyalty and confidentiality).”
With Chung as acting OFC president and Temarii’s ban is a blow to his confederation’s 11 member nations who now have no voice on World Cup hosting rights until the 2026 vote.
There is no provision in FIFA rules for Oceania’s senior vice-president and OFC acting president David Chung, to take Temarii’s place on the FIFA executive.