Jos Maria Marin, the former president of the Brazil Football Federation, has been sentenced to four years by a United States federal court for corruption
The former Brazil Football Federation president Jos Maria Marin has been sentenced to four years in prison by a United States federal court following his conviction for corruption. The 86-year-old was one of seven Fifa officials arrested at a Zurich hotel in May 2015.
Following a six-week trial Marin was found guilty in December 2017 on six of the seven counts against him of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiratorial racketeering. The sentencing took place in Brooklyn, New York, by US District Judge Pamela Chen.
Marin, who has already served 13 months in prison, was also ordered to forfeit $3.3m (2.6m) and was fined $1.2m (950,000). The Brazilian is the first official to be sentenced following the US Department of Justice investigation into corruption at footballs world governing body.
Speaking after the ruling, Richard Donoghue, US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said: Todays sentence shows that for all their power and prestige, the soccer officials who corrupted the beautiful game are not above the law.
Juan ngel Napout, the former president of South American footballs governing body CONMEBOL, was also found guilty of corruption charges at the same time as Marin and is to be sentenced on 29 August. The US-led probe into historical corruption at Fifa continues, with more prosecutions expected.
William Sweeney, the assistant director-in-charge of the FBIs New York field office, said: Todays sentencing of Mr Marin is just one step in a wide-ranging investigation of these corrupt officials. And [it] shows the FBI and our law enforcement partners are continuing our pursuit of those who used the game of soccer to pad their bank accounts.