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FIFA suspends Brazilian soccer president Marco Polo del Nero

Sun Online Desk     16th December, 2017 12:48:24 printer

FIFA suspends Brazilian soccer president Marco Polo del Nero




Marco Polo del Nero was suspended as president of Brazil's soccer confederation on Friday, two years after he was indicted in the United States on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy, reports AP.

FIFA said Del Nero was under an ethics investigation and has been banned for 90 days from all soccer activities.

Del Nero fled Zurich in May 2015 when other FIFA colleagues were arrested. They included Jose Maria Marin, who was at the time the head of the Brazilian confederation, known as the CBF. Marin and two other South American soccer officials have been on trial in New York. Del Nero was indicted on Dec. 2, 2015.


FIFA failed to ban Del Nero until Friday. FIFA President Gianni Infantino has been questioned about him in recent days.

Del Nero has not traveled from Brazil for several years, fearing arrest and extradition to the United States. Brazil has an extradition treaty with the US but seldom sends its own citizens abroad for trial.

Brazil's team is among the favorites to win next year's World Cup, but many doubt Del Nero will go there to support the team.

The CBF appointed vice president Antonio Carlos Nunes to fill in for Del Nero and did not offer an immediate comment on Del Nero's suspension.

Brazilian law does not ban private or commercial corruption. There needs to be a government body or official involved, or taxpayer money.

Carlos Nuzman, the head of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, was arrested two months ago in Brazil, partly for trying to hamper an investigation into his Brazilian tax declaration. He was eventually charged with money laundering and running a criminal organization.

Brazilian and French authorities say Nuzman helped channel $2 million in bribes to help win votes from International Olympic Committee members to stage the 2016 Olympics.

Del Nero's name has come up in the US corruption trial.

Prosecution witness Jose Hawilla, a Brazilian sports marketing executive, testified Del Nero was among top South American soccer officials who needed to be bribed to secure media contracts to tournaments.


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