Worawi Makudi

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Worawi Makudi นายวรวีร์ มะกูดี

Worawi Makudi (Thai: วรวีร์ มะกูดี) (born November 29, 1951 in Thailand) is a Thai football official.[1] He has been a FIFA executive member since 1997. He served as the Football Association of Thailand's General Secretary from 1996 to 2007, before being elected president in 2007.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Makudi is a member of the Thai Muslim minority.[3] He attended Amnuaysin high school, where he became interested in football and was recruited into the school team. He studied at the National University of Kuwait, financed by the government of Kuwait, and was selected to join the University's football team.

National and international football[edit]

Makudi served as the Thai Football Association's General Secretary from 1996 to 2007, before being elected president in 2007.[2] He has been a FIFA executive member since 1997.[1]

Corruption allegations[edit]

In May 2011, Lord Triesman gave evidence in the British Parliament that Makudi had demanded the TV rights to a friendly between England and the Thai national team in return for voting for England to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[4] Makudi then sued Lord Triesman for libel.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "FIFA Executive Bodies : MAKUDI Worawi". http://www.fifa.com. FIFA. Retrieved 13 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Reuters. "Soccer-AFC presidential candidate Worawi Makudi". Yahoo!. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  3. ^ Jens Weinreich: Millionen-Deals in der Fußballfamilie. Deutschlandfunk, 13 September 2011.
  4. ^ David Bond. Triesman claims four Fifa members sought 2018 bribes BBC Sport, 10 May 2011.
  5. ^ BBC. Worawi Makudi takes legal action against Lord Triesman BBC Sport, 14 May 2011.