Former FIFA official sentenced in scandal
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.