Zurich - FIFA ethics judges have opened a case against former executive committee member Worawi Makudi of Thailand, who faces a four-year ban for alleged election forgery and other misconduct.
The FIFA ethics committee judging chamber says Makudi can request a hearing and submit evidence.
FIFA ethics prosecutors requested a ban of at least four years and a 25,000 Swiss franc ($25,500) fine.
Charges against Makudi include "forgery and falsification" and refusing to cooperate with investigators.
The case relates to Makudi's 2013 re-election to lead the Thailand football federation.
Makudi was a member of FIFA's tainted executive committee for 18 years until Asian federations voted him out in April 2015.
He was a longtime ally of former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam.