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Former Brazilian football president banned by FIFA
Pius Orinya|April. 15, 2019
FIFA has banned Jose Maria Marin, the former president of Brazil Football Confederation (CBF), for life from all footballing activity. He has also been fined 1 million Swiss francs (€881,000) for taking bribes, the sport's governing body said on Monday.
Marin is currently serving a four-year prison sentence in the United States after being convicted on corruption charges related to a bribery scandal at FIFA. He was also fined €1.06 million.
FIFA's investigation into Marin was linked with the awarding of contracts for the media and marketing rights to The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), CBF and CONCACAF competitions in 2012-2015.
"In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Marin had breached art. 27 (Bribery) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and, as a result, banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level," FIFA said in a statement.
Marin was among the first to stand trial over what U.S. prosecutors called a sprawling scheme involving payments of more than €176 million of bribes and kickbacks in exchange for marketing and broadcast rights for soccer matches.
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