FIFA suspends two executive committee members

FIFA ethics committee suspends two executive committee members for 90 days after their arrest in corruption investigation

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Fog covers FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland December 3, 2015.

FIFA executive committee members Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been suspended from soccer for 90 days after their arrest in Switzerland, the ethics committee of the soccer's governing body said on Friday.

The pair, who are facing extradition to the United States, were among 16 soccer officials charged by US prosecutors on Thursday with taking part in multimillion-dollar bribery schemes for marketing and broadcast rights.

FIFA's ethics panel routinely bans officials who are under criminal investigation and the suspensions amount to a formality after their arrest, the latest blow to a global soccer body in turmoil since a first round of indictments in May.

Napout is president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and Hawit is head of the CONCACAF confederation that runs the sport in North, Central America and the Caribbean.

Both of them were in Zurich for a FIFA executive committee meeting to discuss reforms aimed at cleaning up the sport and wiping out corruption.