FIFA’s ethics committee has also banned Lao Football Federation president Viphet Sihachakr for two years.
Thapa was one of the most influential figures in Asian football for over two decades and is also under investigation by Napalese authorities for the alleged embezzlement of millions of dollars of development money.
According to a FIFA statement, Thapa “committed various acts of misconduct over several years, including the solicitation and acceptance of cash payments from another football official, for both personal and family gain”.
He was also fined 20 000 Swiss francs.
Sihachakr, “in the context of the 2011 elections for the FIFA Executive Committee at the AFC congress, solicited and accepted a payment from another football official”.
He was also fined 40 000 Swiss francs.