FIFA bans Al­varado for life for bribery

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Ariel Al­varado, a Pana­ma­nian who was a mem­ber of FIFA’S ethics com­mit­tee, has been banned from foot­ball for life, the gov­ern­ing body an­nounced on Thurs­day. FIFA’S ad­ju­di­ca­tory cham­ber said in a state­ment Al­varado was “guilty of bribery in vi­o­la­tion of the FIFA Code of Ethics.” The charges stem from the sale of tele­vi­sion rights for matches in­volv­ing Pananama and other teams in the re­gion. Al­varado is only the lat­est for­mer FIFA of­fi­cial to be banned. Sev­eral have been jailed by US courts. Al­varado who was pres­i­dent of his na­tional fed­er­a­tion and a mem­ber of the ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of North, Cen­tral Amer­ica and Caribbean foot­ball was also fined $511,000. The state­ment said in cal­cu­lat­ing the fine “the Panel took into con­sid­er­a­tion the un­due pe­cu­niary ad­van­tages of­fered and ac­cepted by Mr Al­varado as bribes ($230,000)” and de­cided the amount should both “have a pre­ven­ta­tive ef­fect” and “be higher than the ben­e­fit Mr Al­varado ob­tained.”

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