For­mer FIFA of­fi­cial sen­tenced in scan­dal

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SCOREBOARD -

A for­mer FIFA of­fi­cial from Gu­atemala has been sen­tenced in New York to time served in in­ter­na­tional soc­cer’s cor­rup­tion scan­dal.

Rafael Salguero was cred­ited at his sen­tenc­ing with co­op­er­at­ing in the sprawl­ing U.S. case ac­cus­ing sev­eral soc­cer of­fi­cials of ac­cept­ing more than $200 mil­lion dol­lars in bribes.

The for­mer head of Gu­atemala soc­cer had pleaded guilty to tak­ing bribes in a sealed pro­ceed­ing in 2016.

Ac­cord­ing to a tran­script of his plea that was un­sealed ear­lier this week, he told a judge that as a mem­ber of FIFA’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee, he was ap­proached by some­one of­fer­ing to buy his vote award­ing host­ing rights to Rus­sia for the 2018 World Cup.

Idi­tarod of­fi­cials cleared a four-time cham­pion of any wrong­do­ing in a dog-dop­ing scan­dal that fol­lowed the sled dog race last year. Of­fi­cials for the 1,000-mile Idi­tarod Trail Sled Dog Race is­sued a state­ment this week ab­solv­ing musher Dal­las Seavey of any in­volve­ment in the drug­ging of his dogs, the An­chor­age Daily News re­ported. Four of Seavey’s dogs tested pos­i­tive for tra­madol, an opi­oid painkiller and banned sub­stance, fol­low­ing his sec­ond-place fin­ish in March 2017. Seavey said he pre­sented a “very com­pelling case” to the race board. Af­ter the test re­sults were made pub­lic last year, he had sug­gested that some­one sab­o­taged his team.

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