FIFA bans Mozambique official for 15 years for taking bribes

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ZURICH (AP) FIFA says its ethics judges banned a soccer official from Mozambique for 15 years in a bribery case.

Sidio Jose Mugadza, who is currently media spokesman for the Mozambican Football Association, is the third African official banned this week for takings bribes.

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Life bans were imposed on a referee from Tanzania and an official from Zambia for taking bribes linked to match-fixing.

FIFA says Mugadza was also fined 3,000 Swiss francs ($3,000).

Details of the case were not specified, though Mugadza was prosecuted using the FIFA code of ethics in force from 2009-12.