Tuesday 20 March 2018

Fifa ethics court bans arrested vice presidents

Fifa vice president and Conmebol president Juan Angel Napout is opposing extradition to the US (AP)
Fifa vice president and Conmebol president Juan Angel Napout is opposing extradition to the US (AP)

Fifa vice presidents Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been banned from football after being indicted on bribery and racketeering charges.

The world football body's ethics committee said judge Joachim Eckert applied the provisional bans, which were requested by ethics prosecutor Cornel Borbely.

Napout, president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and Hawit, president of Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) , were arrested in pre-dawn raids at a Zurich hotel on Thursday.

They were indicted by the US Department of Justice for allegedly taking millions in bribes from television and marketing rights.

Napout, from Paraguay, and Hawit, from Honduras, are resisting extradition to the US while being detained in Zurich-area jails.

The Fifa ethics bans are routine for officials indicted in the sweeping American investigation.

Concacaf's executive committee also provisionally banned Hawit, along with six others who were indicted.

Among them was Rafael Callejas, Honduras' president from 1990-94 and a current member of Fifa's television and marketing committee, and Hector Trujillo, a judge on Guatemala's constitutional court who is general secretary of Guatemala's football federation. Trujillo was arrested on Friday aboard a cruise ship at Port Canaveral, Florida.

Others banned provisionally by Concacaf are:

:: Ariel Alvarado a current member of Fifa's disciplinary committee who was the president of Panama's football federation from 2004-12;

:: Brayan Jimenez, president of Guatemala's football federation;

:: Rafael Salguero, a former president of Guatemala's football federation and a member of Fifa's executive committee until last May;

:: Reynaldo Vasquez, a former president of El Salvador's football federation.

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