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FIFA bans three officials implicated in corruption scandal

12:14 pm, 20th September 2018

FIFA confirmed the sanctions for bribery and corruption against Costas Takkas, the former Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) attache and assistant to disgraced President Jeffrey Webb, Miguel Trujillo and Aaron Davidson.

Trujillo is a former FIFA match agent, while Davidson is a chairman of the North American Soccer League and former president of Traffic Sports USA, a sports marketing company. The three officials have been fined £786,000.

Takkas, one of the officials arrested in May 2015 before FIFA’s Congress in Zurich, pleaded guilty to one count of money laundering conspiracy on May 24 2017.

In a statement on Fifa.com, the governing body said of Takkas: “His guilty plea related, amongst others, to schemes in which he received bribe payments on behalf of the former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, in exchange for awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights for football tournaments.”

Davidson pleaded guilty to one count of racketeering conspiracy and one count of wire fraud on October 20 2016, after he was involved in schemes in which he “offered bribes in exchange for securing contracts for the media and marketing rights of football tournaments”.

Trujillo pleaded guilty on March 8, 2016, to one count of money laundering conspiracy and two counts of wire fraud conspiracy in connection with his participation in several schemes to bribe football officials.