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Wed, October 02, 2019

Former CONCACAF General Secretary handed life time ban for bribery

Enrique Sanz, who is the former General Secretary of North Americas governing body for football, The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), has been banned from any activity related to football for life after he was found guilty of bribery by FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee.

Sanz held the position between 2012 and 2015 but was dismissed in August 2015 after a wide spread FBI investigation into FIFA corruption which discovered a culture of corruption that rose all the way to the highest positions. It was found that Sanz had breached Article 27 of the Code of Ethics which relates to corruption and bribery as he was found guilty of negotiating bribes of senior football officials in order to ensure top commercial rights in competitions organised by FIFA, CONCACAF, the Caribbean Football Union and also the South American Football Confederation during his three year tenure.

There has been a string of bans and even prison sentences handed to top footballing official’s in the aftermath of the FBI investigation and Sanz’s predecessor, Chuck Blazer, who held the position from 1990 to 2011 was also banned for life after he accepted the charges against him which included accepting bribes and kickbacks.  

Sanz was also fined 100,000 Swiss Franks, which equates to £81,700, along with his life time ban from football related activities. 

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