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Former Concacaf general secretary handed life ban by Fifa

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Enrique Sanz, former general secretary of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf), has become the latest senior official to be issued with a life ban by Fifa following the wide-ranging corruption scandal that engulfed world football in 2015.

World football’s governing body today (Tuesday) said that the adjudicatory chamber of its Ethics Committee had found Sanz guilty of bribery in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics.

The investigation proceedings against Sanz referred to his participation, during the period from 2012 to 2015, in the negotiation of bribe payments connected to various schemes concerning competitions organised by Fifa, Concacaf, the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol).

In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Sanz had breached Article 27 (bribery and corruption) of the Code of Ethics. Along with the life ban, Sanz has been issued with a fine of CHF100,000 (€92,000/$100,000).

Concacaf was heavily implicated in the crisis affecting world football, with former presidents Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner both focused upon in the charges brought forward by American prosecutors. Guilty pleas to various bribery and financial offences from former Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer in 2013 and his subsequent co-operation with the authorities lay at the heart of the investigations.

In the wake of the scandal, Sanz was suspended from all football-related duties by Fifa and Concacaf after being linked to arranging bribes for Webb from Traffic Sports, the rights-holding agency where he used to work. He was ultimately dismissed from Concacaf in August 2015.

The sanction issued to Sanz comes after Fifa last month issued a life ban to former Conmebol president Juan Ángel Napout, more than a year after he was sentenced to a nine-year prison term for his role in the corruption scandal.