ZURICH: FIFA’s ethics committee has banned Osiris Guzmán, ex-president of the Dominican Republic Football Association (FEDOFUTBOL), for 10 years from all football-related activities at both national and international level.

Guzman, who infamously used a CONCACAF Congress speech in 2015 to compare then president Sepp Blatter with  Jesus Christ, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill all rolled into one, was suspended initially last September for allowed FIFA-funded facilities to be used for a political meeting.

He had previously served a short ban in 2011 following the fallout over the bribery scandal involving Caribbean voters and FIFA presidential challenger Mohamed bin Hammam.

A statement said:

The adjudicatory chamber found Mr Guzmán guilty of having violated art. 27 (Bribery), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts or other benefits) and art. 19 (Conflicts of interest) of the FIFA Code of Ethics. As a consequence, Guzmán is banned for ten years from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at national and international level. Additionally, a fine in the amount of CHF 150,000 has been imposed on Mr Guzmán. The decision was notified to Mr Guzmán today, and the ban comes into force immediately.