Fifa bans Caribbean official over illicit World Cup ticket sales

World football’s governing body Fifa has today (Tuesday) banned Caribbean official Venold Coombs for two years after he was found guilty of reselling 2014 World Cup tickets for a profit.

An investigation into Coombs, president of the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF), was opened on June 9, 2016. The investigatory chamber of Fifa’s Ethics Committee analysed allegations that Coombs had sold tickets purchased by the SVGFF and by him personally, in his capacity as a Fifa standing committee member, for a profiteering mark-up.

The adjudicatory chamber today said it found Coombs guilty of having violated Code of Ethics articles relating to bribery and corruption, conflicts of interest and loyalty.

Coombs has been banned for two years from all football-related activities at both national and international level, while a fine of $40,000 (€34,200) has also been imposed.