September 15 – Ricardo Teixeira’s life ban from soccer has been upheld after the Court docket of Arbitration (CAS) dismissed his try to overturn it on enchantment.
The very best court docket in sport had little issue in confirming its resolution, saying it “comfortably concluded” the sanction for breaching Article 27 of the FIFA Ethics Code was proportionate.
In November 2019, the Brazilian was banned for all times and fined CHF1 million after the FIFA’s Ethics Committee discovered him responsible of taking bribes for advertising and marketing and media rights for continental and Brazilian soccer competitions between 2006 and 2012.
CAS got here to its resolution given “the terribly excessive quantities of the bribes at stake”, “Teixeira’s intentional behaviour” and “his duty to function a task mannequin because of the very outstanding and senior positions he held in affiliation soccer each at nationwide and worldwide degree.”
The Brazilian, the son-in-law of the late Joao Havelange, led the Confederation of Brazilian Soccer (CBF) for 14 years earlier than resigning in 2012, two years earlier than Brazil staged the World Cup.
Teixeira was additionally a high-profile member of the FIFA government committee that voted handy the internet hosting rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar.
He has been a goal within the US justice division’s sweeping FIFAGate investigation that has seen dozens of soccer directors and marketeers indicted, fined and jailed, however Teixeira has resisted extradition to the US as a result of the Brazilian structure protects its residents from being handed over to the American authorities.
The previous CBF boss has at all times maintained his innocence.
In a 2017 interview with newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, he mentioned: “Is there a safer place than Brazil? Which? Why would I run if right here I’m not accused of something? The whole lot they accuse me of overseas just isn’t a criminal offense in Brazil. Not that I’m saying if I did it or not.”
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