Fifa bans Brazilian Marin for life

Jose Maria Marin, who was convicted in 2017 of corruption charges in the United States has been banned from football activities for life by Fifa. Marin was the head of the organising committee for the 2014 Fifa World Cup which was held in Brazil.

Marin was arrested in Zurich along with several other leading football officials in May 2015. He was extradited to the United States later that year.

During his 2017 trial, US prosecutors said that Marin took $6.6m (€5.8m) in bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for contracts to broadcast tournaments such as the Copa America. He was ordered by the court to forfeit $3.3m and was also forced to pay a $1.2m fine. Fifa’s ethics committee also imposed a CHF (Swiss Franc) 1m (€880,000/$995,000) fine on him.

The 86 year-old was sentenced in August last year to four years in prison after his convictions for racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud.