A Fifa official who assessed the bids for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups has been banned from all football-related activity for seven years.
Football’s world governing body said Harold Mayne-Nicholls, 54, has been suspended by its ethics committee.
It said more information would be given when the “decision becomes effective”.
Mayne-Nicholls plans to appeal against the sanction – and has questioned why it was announced before he had been through the appeals process.
Former Chilean Football Association president Mayne-Nicholls was one of five senior officials Fifa said last year were being investigated.
He had admitted speaking to officials from Qatar’s bid about possible work placements for three relatives at the country’s Aspire youth academy.
The ethics committee felt those conversations provided “cause enough to doubt the integrity of the inspection process and your evaluations”, according to leaked emails between a committee member and Mayne-Nicholls.