FIFA bans convicted Brazilian soccer official Marin for life

FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2017 file photo, Jose Maria Marin leaves federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. FIFA ethics judges have on Monday, April 15, 2019 banned Brazilian soccer official Jose Maria Marin for life, 16 months after he was convicted of corruption charges in a United States federal court. Marin led Brazil’s organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup before being arrested in Zurich the next year. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

ZURICH — Brazilian soccer official Jose Maria Marin was banned for life by FIFA on Monday, 16 months after he was convicted of corruption charges in the United States.

The 86-year-old Marin, who led Brazil's organizing committee for the 2014 World Cup, was sentenced in August to four years in prison for racketeering, money laundering and wire fraud.

FIFA said Marin was also guilty of taking bribes linked to media and marketing rights for South American and Brazilian soccer competitions.

Prosecutors in federal court said at his 2017 trial that Marin took $6.6 million in bribes. He was ordered to forfeit $3.3 million and pay a $1.2 million fine.

The FIFA ethics committee also imposed a 1 million Swiss franc ($1 million) fine — the same financial penalty ordered against several soccer officials indicted or convicted by American authorities. It is unclear how FIFA can enforce payment.

Marin was arrested at a luxury Zurich hotel in May 2015 as part of the sweeping American investigation of corruption linked to FIFA officials. More than 40 people and marketing agencies have pleaded guilty, been convicted or have been indicted and are fighting extradition.

After being extradited to the United States in 2015, Marin was released on bail and lived in his Trump Tower apartment in Manhattan while awaiting trial.

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