FIFA bans Del Nero for life

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April 28, 2018
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GENEVA (AP):

FIFA's ethics committee has banned Brazilian football official Marco Polo del Nero for life, for bribery and corruption.

FIFA said Del Nero, the former Brazilian Football Confederation president and one-time FIFA executive committee member, was also fined 1 million Swiss francs (US$1 million or JA$125 million).

Del Nero was indicted by the US Department of Justice in 2015 in its investigation of international football corruption and accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes linked to broadcasting contracts of competitions.

The 77-year-old Del Nero has not been extradited from Brazil to face charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies. Brazil has an extradition treaty with the United States but rarely sends its citizens for trial.

His predecessors leading Brazilian football, Ricardo Teixeira and JosE Maria Marin, were also indicted on similar charges. Teixeira, once the son-in-law of former FIFA president Joao Havelange, has not been extradited. Marin is awaiting sentence after being found guilty in December.

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