Three soccer officials who pleaded guilty in American courts to accepting bribes were banned for life by the Federation Internationale de Football Association ethics committee on Tuesday.
Lai is also a former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) official and Fifa committee member. But he later resigned from all of his footballing roles including the FIFA Council, the FIFA Reform Committee and the AFC Executive Committee.
The sheikh has denied wrongdoing and continues to work on Olympic duty, including chairing an IOC panel with a $500 million budget to distribute grants, and leading the global group of national Olympic committees known as ANOC.
FIFA said the three officials are former FIFA audit committee member Richard Lai of Guam and two former soccer federation presidents Julio Rocha of Nicaragua and Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela. They were arrested in Zurich in May 2015 in early morning raids on luxury hotels and later extradited to the United States.
In a statement, FIFA said: "The Adjudicatory Chamber found Mr Lai, Mr Rocha and Mr Esquivel guilty of having violated article 21 (bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics", the Adjudicatory Chamber said in a statement.
NAN reports that the USA has charged some 40 individuals and entities following an investigation into corruption in football's world governing body FIFA.
Rocha pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in April, with authorities claiming that he negotiated and accepted more than $150,000 in bribes linked to the sale of marketing rights.
Now in its second week, their trial has already generated some remarkable headlines - including an alleged assassination of a businessman in Mexico and the suicide of an Argentinian official implicated in court - as well as shedding more light on how TV contracts and even World Cups have been awarded in recent years.
One witness who formerly worked for a marketing agency in Argentina said he kept a ledger of payments to officials, including a $750,000 payment to Esquivel for "Q2022".
Esquivel has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy.
All three banned officials are awaiting sentencing in Brooklyn.