FIFA has banned eleven people arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, under accusation of involvement in a corruption scandal in the entity. Among the punished is the former president of the CBF and the Organizing Committee of the 2014 World Cup, the Brazilian José Maria Marin.
ZURICH / SWITZERLAND - FIFA has banned eleven people arrested in Zurich, Switzerland, under accusation of involvement in a corruption scandal in the soccer entity. Among the punished is the former president of the CBF and the Organizing Committee of the 2014 World Cup, the Brazilian José Maria Marin.
"The charges are clearly related to football and are of such a serious nature that it was imperative to take quick and immediate action," said the chairman of the ethics committee of FIFA, Hans-Joachim Eckert. "The process will continue according to the FIFA Code of Ethics."
By ANTONIO CARLOS LACERDA
According to a statement from FIFA, the 11 involved are prohibited from performing any football-related activity at national or international level. Marin and the other detainees could face up to 20 years in prison.
Besides the Brazilian José Maria Marin, the following were punished: Jeffrey Webb (vice-president of FIFA, president of Concacaf), Eduardo Li (President of the Costa Rican Federation and member of the executive committees of FIFA and CONCACAF), Julio Rocha (president of the Federation of Nicaragua ), Takkas Costas (head of Concacaf), Eugenio Figueredo (vice-president of FIFA and former president of Conmebol and the Uruguayan Federation), Rafael Esquivel (president of the Venezuelan Federation and CONMEBOL's executive committee member), Nicolas Leoz (ex-president of Conmebol), Jack and Darryll Warner and Chuck Blazer.
According to the statement of the United States Department of Justice, a total of 14 defendants are accused of extortion, fraud, money laundering, among other irregularities. The research undertaken points towards allegations of $150 million bribes (about US $ 450 million) on issues related to transmission of football games and marketing rights in South America and the United States.
Six of the seven imprisoned leaders refused extradition to the United States. In this way, the Swiss authorities will ask the United States to send a "formal extradition request within 40 days," according to the treaty in force between the two countries, to continue the case.
ANTONIO CARLOS LACERDA is International Correspondent PRAVDA.RU