FIFA banned for life the former president of Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) and former member of several FIFA committees José Maria Marin for taking bribes. According to FIFA official website, now he will not be allowed to take part in any of football activities.
«In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Marin had breached art. 27 (Bribery) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and, as a result, banned him for life from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level», FIFA said in a statement. The decision took effect immediately after the announcement, as Marina was informed the same day. Also, the former FIFA official is alleged to pay a fine of 1 million Swiss francs ($ 997,000).
Marin is currently serving a four-year prison term in the United States. In December, 2017 New York court found him guilty on six counts of FIFA corruption case. According to the prosecution, since 2010, Marin received bribes in valuation of $ 6.55 million in exchange for marketing and broadcast rights for international soccer matches.
The largest scandal in the history of FIFA began on May 27, 2015, when 14 high-ranking football officials were accused of corruption. According to the US Department of Justice, they earned about $ 150 million from bribes in 24 years. A wave of large-scale arrests took place in Zurich in two days before the election of the new head of FIFA. Joseph Blatter was re-elected as FIFA president, but the FIFA Ethics Committee dismissed him from his duties for 90 days. On June 2, 2015, Blatter announced his decision to resign.