Brazil’s Football Chief Banned For Life
FIFA has banned, for life, the president of the Brazilian FA Marco Polo Del Nero for taking bribes.
Del Nero has been barred from all football-related activity at national and international level and has also been fined 1 million Swiss francs (£733,000).
The CBF chief was suspended in December 2017 after he was alleged to have taken inducements in exchange for awarding contracts to media and marketing companies.
76-year-old Del Nero, who had been in charge of the South American country’s football federation since 2003, was charged by American authorities in 2015 over money laundering allegations.
In November 2015, FIFA opened an ethics investigation against Del Nero and has now returned its sanctions.
A FIFA statement read:
“The investigation against Mr Del Nero was opened on November 23 2015 and referred…. to schemes in which he received bribes in exchange for his role in awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to various football tournaments, including the Copa America, the Copa Libertadores and the Copa do Brasil.
“The adjudicatory chamber agreed with the recommendations of the investigatory chamber and found Mr Del Nero guilty of having violated art. 21 (Bribery and corruption), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 15 (Loyalty), and art. 13 (General rules of conduct) of the FIFA Code of Ethics. As a consequence, Mr Del Nero is banned for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level.”