The senior Fifa figure at the centre of a World Cup ticket scandal faces becoming the first person to be kicked off the organisation's executive committee in its 102-year history.
Ismail Bhamjee, who was caught out selling England tickets for several times their face value, has been ordered to leave Germany and cease all World Cup duties.
Further disciplinary action will follow and it is expected that he will be expelled from his executive committee post, which carries a £54,000 annual salary as well as £270-a-day expenses while on Fifa business.
He could even lose the pension of £16,000 annually that is given to former executive committee members.
Fifa communications director Markus Siegler said in Berlin: "It is a big disappointment, and it is embarrassing if a high-ranking official of your organisation is doing these things. We are confident this is a one-off. The ethics committee, the disciplinary committee and the executive committee are now bound to take action."
The scandal arose after Bhamjee, from Botswana in southern Africa, started speaking to some England fans in an Indian restaurant in Frankfurt. They asked him if he could secure tickets for England v Trinidad and Tobago for them and Bhamjee offered 12 tickets with a face value of £70 for £210 each.
He was caught out after one of the fans told the Mail on Sunday , who sent a reporter to meet Bhamjee in his hotel and handed over the money.
The Fifa member then said he could obtain tickets for England's match against Sweden but that the cost for those would be up to £700. Fifa called an emergency meeting of the six confederation heads and president Sepp Blatter, dismissed Bhamjee from his World Cup duties and sent him home.
He was due to be replaced on the executive committee in January after losing the support of African countries.
Bhamjee is understood to have voted for Morocco ahead of Botswana's neighbours South Africa as the hosts of the 2010 World Cup, and also mounted an unsuccessful campaign to replace Issa Hayatou as president of the African confederation.
He started out running a hardware store in Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, before becoming a leading light in the country's football association. From there, he was voted on to Fifa.
Executive committee members are permitted to buy a number of World Cup tickets for family and friends but are not allowed to sell them on for profit.
Bhamjee, 62, said: "I was actually trying to help someone else and I got in this mess and I regret it very much. I will donate double the amount of money to charity. My term ends in a year. I have never ever done this before. I have got a year to go. I could lose my pension because of this. I've been a fool. Spare me."