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First convicted FIFA bigwig awaits US sentencing

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first_imgMarin was convicted of accepting bribes from sports marketing companies in exchange for contracts to broadcast major tournaments like the Copa America and the Copa Libertadores.Citing his age and frail health, his defense attorneys are asking that he be sentenced to 13 months in prison.US District Court Judge Pamela Chen was expected to announce her decision at 1430 GMT.Marin was one of the FIFA executives arrested in May 2015 at a luxury hotel in Zurich in a raid requested by the United States.The US probe revealed the corrupt, ugly underbelly of world football and the lavish lifestyle of FIFA executives who traveled around in private planes and were treated like royalty as they arrived for conferences in places like the Bahamas or Mauritius.The scandal rocked football around the world.US prosecutors ultimately indicted 42 people and sports companies, accusing them of multiple crimes and of accepting more than $200 million in bribes.Of the 42, three have since died. Of the rest, 22 pleaded guilty and two have already been sentenced by judge Chen.Another 14 remain in their own countries, where they have been either tried by local courts, are fighting extradition or are still free.Marin spent five months in a prison in Switzerland before being extradited to the US.He posted bail of $15 million and spent two years under house arrest. He stayed in Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in New York. He ventured out only a few times a week, to go to mass.Marin was imprisoned immediately after his conviction on December 22 on six counts of racketeering, money laundering and bank fraud.During the trial, defense attorneys depicted Marin as an innocent, unsuspecting elderly man that Brazil’s football federation tapped out of the blue to fill the vacancy left by the sudden resignation of the powerful Ricardo Texeira.These lawyers said Marin did nothing without the guidance of his right hand man, Marco Polo del Nero, with whom, according to prosecutors, he shared bribe payments.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Former Brazilian national football federation president Jose Maria Marin, will be sentenced Wednesday for his role in a FIFA corruption scandal © AFP / KENA BETANCURNEW YORK, United States, Aug 22 – The first bigwig convicted in the United States in the FIFA corruption scandal that disgraced world football awaited sentencing on Wednesday.US prosecutors are seeking 10 years in prison and a $6.6 million fine for Jose Maria Marin, 86, the former president of the Brazilian football federation.last_img read more

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HERE WE GO AGAIN! NEW YEAR, SAME CRY AS ANOTHER PLAYER SLAMS DONEGAL

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first_imgTHEY HAVEN’T gone away you know – critics of the Donegal GAA senior football team!Former Monaghan player Eugene Sherry is the latest critic, especially of THAT match against Dublin.Interviewed by Setanta Sports, Sherry said: “It seemed that the whole emphasis in that match was on not giving the ball away and that seems to be the priority common to most teams now. “Keeping possession at all costs seems to be what it’s all about instead of opening up the game and kicking a ball, for instance, 40 yards up the field.“Being honest, the Donegal/Dublin game was hard to watch. I was all for Donegal when they won the Ulster title but didn’t want them to progress after that.”Sherry feels that we can expect to see more focus on unadventurous tactics, and that worries him.“I think football could be in trouble and could end up on the receiving end of a slow death because of the approach of some coaches,” the Ulster SFC and NFL medallist said. “Supporters want to see the rough and tumble of football where there are physical clashes and the ball is moved quickly towards the goal.“I’d be afraid for the future of football because this business of concentrating on cutting down space in the scoring zone could ruin the game.“I’d be fond of most sports but while the profile of soccer and rugby is increasing, the GAA will have to be careful, otherwise football will lose out.“Spectators don’t want to see blanket defences and then seeing passes going over and back across the field, often resulting in no end product.” HERE WE GO AGAIN! NEW YEAR, SAME CRY AS ANOTHER PLAYER SLAMS DONEGAL was last modified: January 1st, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAAlast_img read more

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