ZURICH: A new wave of suspensions has been ordered by the FIFA ethics committee and central/north American confederation after this past week’s indictments and arrests against more senior football figures.
FIFA vice-presidents Juan Angel Napout (CONMEBOL) and Alfredo Hawit (CONCACAF) have been banned provisionally from the game after being indicted on bribery and racketeering charges.
Ethics judge Joachim Eckert applied the suspensions at the request of ethics prosecutor Cornel Borbely.
Napout, the president of South American confederation CONMEBOL, and Hawit, president of North and Central American and Caribbean body CONCACAF, were arrested in pre-dawn raids at a Zurich hotel on Thursday.
They were indicted by the United States Department of Justice for allegedly taking millions of dollars in bribes from television and marketing rights.
Napout, from Paraguay, and Hawit, from Honduras, are resisting extradition to the U.S. while being detained in Zurich-area jails.
CONCACAF’s executive committee has also provisionally banned Hawit along with six others who were indicted.
Among them was Rafael Callejas, Honduras’ president from 1990-94 and a current member of FIFA’s television and marketing committee, and Hector Trujillo, a judge on Guatemala’s Constitutional Court who is general secretary of Guatemala’s soccer federation. Trujillo was arrested on Friday aboard a cruise ship at Port Canaveral, Florida.
Others banned provisionally by CONCACAF:
-Ariel Alvarado a current member of FIFA’s disciplinary committee who was the president of Panama’s federation from 2004-12;
-Brayan Jimenez, president of Guatemala’s federation;
-Rafael Salguero, a former president of Guatemala’s federation and a member of FIFA’s executive committee until last May; and
-Reynaldo Vasquez, a former president of El Salvador’s federation.