Marin handed lifetime soccer ban for Fifa-gate involvement
Jose Maria Marin, the disgraced former president of the CBF, the Brazilian soccer federation, was today handed a lifetime ban from the sport by Fifa for taking bribes in 'Fifa-gate', the wide-ranging US investigation into corruption in international soccer.
The 86-year-old Marin (pictured) was found guilty by Fifa's adjudicatory chamber of the independent ethics committee of bribery for his role in awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to the Copa do Brasil, as well as those organised by Conmebol and Concacaf, the continental governing bodies for soccer in the Americas.
Fifa said: "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."
Marin was additionally fined SFr1 million ($1 million).
Last August, the Brazilian official was jailed for four years, fined $1.2 million and ordered to forfeit $3.34 million following a trial in New York. He was the first official to be sentenced as part of the US investigation into corruption at Fifa.
Last month, Fifa banned Luis Chiriboga, the former president of the FEF, the Ecuadorian soccer federation, for life for taking bribes in Fifa-gate.