Rafael Salguero has become the latest former Fifa Executive Committee member to be banned by world football’s governing body after it ruled he was guilty of various bribery schemes and the illegal reselling of tickets to the World Cup.
Salguero, former president of the Guatemalan Football Association (FEDEFUT) and a former member of the Fifa and Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) Executive Committees, has been found guilty of bribery in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics by the body’s adjudicatory chamber of its Ethics Committee.
The investigation into Salguero referred to various bribery schemes during the 2006-2014 period related to Concacaf and Fifa competitions, as well as the illegal reselling of tickets for Fifa’s showpiece national team tournament.
In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Salguero had breached a Code of Ethics article relating to bribery, while highlighting his cooperation with the authorities in the United States and throughout the proceedings before the Ethics Committee.
Salguero has been a cooperating witness for US authorities since the emergence of the Fifa corruption scandal in May 2015 and the subsequent US and Swiss probes into corruption in the world game. The charges he faced would typically lead to Fifa issuing a life ban, but it has instead imposed a seven-year suspension, along with a fine of CHF 100,000 (€88,000/$99,580).
Salguero served on the ExCo for eight years until 2015. In December, he was sentenced in Brooklyn federal court to time already served in prison. The unsealing of his December 2015 indictment revealed that he had been under house arrest from 2016 while providing information to federal prosecutors.
The sanctions imposed by Fifa on Salguero come after former Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) president David Chung was handed a six-and-a-half-year ban earlier this month.
Chung, former president of the Papua New Guinea Football Association and former member of the ruling Fifa Council, was found guilty of having offered and accepted gifts, as well as having acted under a conflict of interest, in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics.