The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) has recently announced to uphold the lifetime ban on former Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) president Marco Polo Del Nero for allegedly involving in corruption charges two years back. The biggest football governing body in the world had suspended the Brazilian after finding him guilty for accepting bribes and kickbacks for grand football tournaments as well as violate rules related to conflict of interest and general conduct during the events. After this, the US authorities charged him for illegal offences like racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. The ethics committee of FIFA had then banned Nero from all forms of football along with imposing the fine of 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million) on the former administrator on April 2018. Speaking about the Brazilian’s ban the investigators said on the development, “the Brazilian participated in a scheme that awarded lucrative rights agreements for tournaments such as the Copa America, the Copa Libertadores and the Copa do Brasil”.
Del Nero was elected two times for the position of a President of Federação Paulista de Futebol after which he was also named for FIFA Executive Committee where he replaced Ricardo Teixeira in March 2012. Later, he replaced the expert Jose Maria Marin to hold the reigns as a president of the Brazilian Football Confederation in 2015. Though, right after his appointment as President in CBF he was stranded in the scandals which subsequently barred him from football. At that time he didn’t make any comment against the issue and left the country but later he accepted all the allegations and found guilty in the corruption charges.
Earlier, Nero’s predecessors Ricardo Teixeira and Jose Maria Masrin were also barred by the governing body for the same charges. The 87-year-old Marin was also fined by FIFA with one million Swiss francs ($997,000) along with lifetime ban from all forms of football previously in April 2019. The body also forfeited his $3.34 million assets registered on his name. Currently, Marin is serving his four-year imprisonment in the United States after being arrested as a part of the 2015 FIFA corruption case. Moreover, apart from Marco Polo Del Nero and Jose Maria Marin the indictment also included Eduardo Li, Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner, Julio Rocha, Rafael Esquivel, and Nicolás Leoz.