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Sep 16, 2014 4:00 AM

FIFA audit panel member stood down from duty

The Associated Press

ZURICH (AP) FIFA says a member of its financial monitoring panel has been stood down from duty while implicated in financial corruption.

Canover Watson was questioned last month by police anti-corruption and financial crime units in his native Cayman Islands. He denies wrongdoing.

FIFA says audit committee chairman Domenico Scala "decided to temporarily relieve until further notice Canover Watson, to whom the presumption of innocence applies."

The eight-member panel is next scheduled to meet Dec. 16 in Morocco. It scrutinizes FIFA's $1 billion-plus annual revenue and commercial contracts.

FIFA says "no connection with football and/or (Watson's) role at association level has been established at this stage."

Local media reported the case involves a 2010 contract to supply public hospitals with swipe-card billing technology.


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