FIFA's ethics committee has banned senior Brazilian soccer official Marco Polo del Nero for life for bribery and corruption.
FIFA also announced that Del Nero, the former Brazilian Football Confederation president and one-time FIFA executive committee member, has been fined $1M.
Del Nero was indicted by the US Department of Justice three years ago, as part of its huge investigation into corruption surrounding the awarding of broadcasting rights for major football tournaments. He has not been extradited from Brazil.
Del Nero resigned from the FIFA ruling committee in 2015. But he continued to lead Brazilian football until being provisionally suspended by the FIFA ethics committee.
Football is a sport that has universal appeal. But it is run, like every other professional sport, as a business. And all businesses have a duty to make sure they do all they can to prevent corruption being carried out.
We have written previously about corruption in sport – most recently, regarding Formula One – and emphasised the fact that the glamour and popularity should not disguise the need for those involved to take all possible steps to prevent corruption.
Football, like many high-profile sports, is awash with money. This alone should indicate the need for those involved to be doing everything possible to prevent wrongdoing.
Del Nero has paid the penalty. But there will be many others in many sports who will see the chance to make illegal gains, unless those at the top instigate proper preventative measures.
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