Fifa vice-president Reynald Temarii is confident he will be cleared of any wrongdoing when FIFA completes its investigation into allegations he offered to sell his votes on the bidding to host the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Disciplinary proceedings have begun against Temarii and fellow executive committee member Amos Adamu after they were accused of requesting money in exchange for their backing.
A Sunday Times report claimed that Temarii had wanted £1.4m to fund a sports academy at the OFC headquarters.
Reporters from the paper posed as lobbyists for a consortium of American companies who wanted to help secure the 2018 World Cup for the United States.
However, Tahitian Temarii, also president of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC), fully expects to be cleared.
“I have no intention of resigning and have asked for a personal hearing in front of the Ethics Committee,” Temarii told the sports website www.insideworldfootball.com in Zurich.
“That’s why I have stayed on. I am 100 per cent convinced of my integrity.
“I have certain elements which I believe will prove my innocence. I will prove I am an honest man. The Ethics Committee will tell me if I am right or wrong.
“I am not shocked by these revelations because I know what I did. And I know what I have to do.
“You have only heard 15 seconds of the interview. Maybe you should hear the full 45 minutes. Then you will understand everything.”
Fifa has not said how long the investigation, headed by former Switzerland international Claudio Sulser, will take.
The hosts for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will be decided in Zurich on 2nd December by the 24 members of Fifa’s executive committee.