Fifa ethics committee bans arrested football heads Napout, Hawit

  • AP, Zurich
  • Updated: Dec 05, 2015 11:00 IST
CONMEBOL President Juan Angel Napout was banned by the Fifa ethics committee after his arrest in Zurich on December 3. (AP Photo)

Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit, the vice presidents of world football governing body Fifa, have been banned from the game after being indicted on bribery and racketeering charges.

The Fifa ethics committee said judge Joachim Eckert applied the provisional bans, which were requested by ethics prosecutor Cornel Borbely.

Napout, the president of the South American body, The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), and Hawit, president of North and Central American and Caribbean body CONCACAF, were arrested in pre-dawn raids at a Zurich hotel on Thursday.

CONMEBOL president Alfredo Hawit was also banned from football by Fifa’s ethics committee. (Reuters Photo)

They were indicted by the US Department of Justice for allegedly taking millions of dollars in bribes from television and marketing rights. Napout, from Paraguay, and Hawit, from Honduras, are resisting extradition to the US while being detained in Zurich-area jails.

The Fifa ethics bans are routine for officials indicted in the sweeping American investigation.

CONCACAF’s executive committee also provisionally banned Hawit along with six others who were indicted.

Among them was Rafael Callejas, Honduras’ president from 1990-94 and a current member of Fifa’s television and marketing committee, and Hector Trujillo, a judge on Guatemala’s Constitutional Court who is general secretary of Guatemala’s soccer federation. Trujillo was arrested Friday aboard a cruise ship at Port Canaveral, Florida.

Others banned provisionally by CONCACAF are:

—Ariel Alvarado a current member of Fifa’s disciplinary committee who was the president of Panama’s soccer federation from 2004-12;

—Brayan Jimenez, president of Guatemala’s soccer federation;

—Rafael Salguero, a former president of Guatemala’s soccer federation and a member of Fifa’s executive committee until ast May; and

—Reynaldo Vasquez, a former president of El Salvador’s soccer federation.

Also on Friday, a lawyer for former Brazilian football federation president Jose Maria Marin, who was indicted in May, said his client has deposited a total of $1 million bail with the clerk of the federal court in Brooklyn, New York. The court said on Friday it had received the final $230,000.

In a letter to US District Judge Raymond J Dearie, lawyer Charles A Stillman said Marin hopes to obtain a $2 million surety bond, the final item of collateral, in the next week.

Guatemalan prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for Jimenez.

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