By Jesse Fink
So who is Vernon Manilal Fernando and why has he been thrown on out on his ear for 90 days by FIFA, on whose executive committee he has sat since January 2011?
The corpulent Sri Lankan chum of Mohamed Bin Hammam and Worawi Makudi is a fairly unknown quantity and flies under the radar of most media talk when it comes to Asian football. Which is quite a feat, considering his size.
But being one of only four men from the Asian Football Confederation at FIFA's high table in Zurich we Asian football fans should know more about him. After all, his job is to represent the Asian game's interests.
He's only been in the job a short time - since January 2011, when he was elected at the AFC Congress in Doha, Qatar - but FIFA's twin-barrelled ethics committee has provisionally suspended him from all football-related activity domestically and internationally "in order to prevent interference with the establishment of the truth with respect to proceedings now in the adjudicatory chamber".
Nothing more has been said about the temporary sanction stemming from an investigation that has been underway since last year.
It's unclear why Fernando is being targeted, yet recent press reports have suggested it allegedly involves "misuse of Asian Football Confederation funds".
That remains to be seen.
However it is worth noting there has been a cloud over Fernando for some time.
In 2011 two journalists in Sri Lanka made a startling claim: that despite over $10 million in FIFA funds (including tsunami-relief funds and private donations) being paid to Fernando's Football Federation of Sri Lanka, there had not been commensurate improvements to the island's football infrastructure or the fortunes - literally and figuratively - of the hapless national men's team, currently ranked #173 in the world.
One of the outspoken reporters, Daily Mirror columnist Vijitha Fernando, put it plainly: "The players are offered small fraction of money pouring in as allowances and facilities but the rest is unaccounted for."
Earlier this week, Sri Lanka sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage dissolved the football development committee chaired by Fernando "because they have ruined the whole sport".
It was a sensational comment. It's safe to say Fernando is not flavour of the month in Sri Lanka.
Yet outside football, he has prospered. As well as being Sri Lankan football's immovable monolith, the big man has extensive business interests and sits on a number of boards.
Should FIFA choose to ban Fernando permanently after his provisional 90-day ban undoubtedly he will have plenty to go on with back home, even though his longstanding chairmanship of the local operations of Swiss building materials giant Holcim, the sole provider of cement on the island, has been terminated since the FIFA probe was announced.
It's ironic that Sri Lankan football is in such a ruinous state when the country is experiencing an unprecedented building boom, with much of the investment coming from China.
The massive Hambantota Port is being built by Chinese construction companies. Chinese tourists are also pouring in, attracted by a spate of new casinos in approved gambling zones that have been given generous tax concessions by the Sri Lankan government.
But the real elephant in the room in regards Fernando is a perceived association with the Port of Spain affair that ensured the demise of the FIFA careers of Jack Warner and Bin Hammam.
According to reports, Fernando was on the plane that landed in Trinidad, also carrying Bin Hammam, Makudi and Egypt's member on the executive committee, Hany Abo Rida.
What was he doing there? Why was he needed? What was his involvement, if any, in what allegedly took place?
Hopefully some if not all of these questions will be answered by Michael Garcia, the ethics committee's top investigator, when a final decision is made on Fernando's fate.
Asian football deserves the very best administrators. The fact our region has been subjected to so much scrutiny suggests we are getting anything but.