(WFI) World football’s governing body FIFA has banned former Brazil Football Confederation (CBF) president Jose Maria Marin for life for bribery, effective immediately.

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In addition, Marin was fined CHF 1 million ($995,421) by the adjudicatory chamber of the Independent Ethics Committee, which found him guilty of bribery in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

The decision comes almost eight months after Marin was sentenced last August to four years in prison for bribery and corruption by a U.S. District Court judge in New York. Marin was the first person sentenced in the long-running U.S. investigation of FIFA corruption who had been convicted at trial.

The 86-year-old Marin was also fined $1.2 million and ordered to pay $3.3 million in damages.

Marin and former Paraguayan Football Federation President Juan Angel Napout were found guilty by the U.S. federal court in December 2017 on charges of wire fraud and racketeering regarding media rights for the Copa Libertadores and Copa America soccer tournaments. Marin was found guilty of additional charges stemming from wire fraud for media rights regarding the Brazil Cup annual tournament.

FIFA says its investigation into Marin was “related to various bribery schemes, in particular during the 2012-2015 period, in relation to his role in awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to CONMEBOL, Concacaf and CBF competitions”.

Written by Gerard Farek

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