FIFA has banned the official it chose to inspect 2018 and 2022 World Cup hosting candidates for breaking ethics rules.
FIFA says Harold Mayne-Nicholls of Chile is barred from "any kind of football-related activity at national and international level" for seven years.
FIFA did not specify his offense, saying its ethics committee could give "more detailed information ... after this final decision becomes effective."
Mayne-Nicholls previously spoke of conversations he had with officials in Qatar about possible work placements for relatives at the Aspire youth academy.
In his technical report to FIFA in 2010, he flagged Qatar as the riskiest of five 2022 candidates.
The former Chile football federation head was considering standing for the FIFA presidential election when his ethics case was reported last year.