FIFA ethics committee bans 11 current, former officials from all football-related activities


In a statement made by FIFA, football’s world governing body announced it has banned 11 individuals, all either current or former FIFA officials, “from carrying out any football-related activities on a national and international level” after they were indicted in a U.S. Department of Justice corruption investigation earlier on Wednesday.

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Two of the men, Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands and Eugenio Figueredo of Uruguay, currently hold the position of vice president within FIFA. The vice presidents, along with seven other FIFA executives from around the world, were arrested in Zurich early Wednesday after being indicted in the United States.

On the basis of investigations carried out by the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee and the latest facts presented by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, the chairman of the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Hans-Joachim Eckert, today banned provisionally 11 individuals from carrying out any football-related activities on a national and international level.

The banned individuals are: Jeffrey Webb, Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Jack Warner, Eugenio Figueredo, Rafael Esquivel, José Maria Marin, Nicolás Leoz, Chuck Blazer and Daryll Warner.

Individuals with strong ties to CONCACAF include: Webb, current CONCACAF president; Warner, former CONCACAF president; and Blazer, a former member of the FIFA executive committee.

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Warner, a now-disgraced former FIFA vice president and one of the 11 men banned, turned himself in to Trinidadian police Wednesday afternoon. His bail has been set at $2.5 million.

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In the hours since the first arrests were made in the wee hours of the morning (U.S. time), FIFA president Sepp Blatter, who was not named in any of the indictments, released a statement completely distancing himself from any involvement in any wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering activities.