2 Jun 2015

Concacaf football official banned

6:24 am on 2 June 2015

Football's world governing boyd FIFA has provisionally banned Concacaf general secretary Enrique Sanz from football-related activities.

Fifa World Cup trophy

Fifa World Cup trophy Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Concacaf governs football in North and Central America as well as the Caribbean and its president Jeffrey Webb was arrested last week.

He was one of seven officials detained by the US Department of Justice on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering in a 24-year scheme.

The Congolese Football Association also had two officials provisionally banned.

Vice-president Jean Guy Blaise Mayolas and general secretary Badji Mombo Wantete were suspended "based on the fact that various breaches of the Fifa code of ethics appear to have been committed by said officials".

As part of the seven arrests in Switzerland, the US Department of Justice also raided the headquarters of Concacaf in Miami.

Following last week's events, Sanz was placed on an immediate leave of absence.

The ethics committee said in a statement that Sanz was suspended "on the basis of investigations carried out by the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee and the latest facts presented by the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York."

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