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Lifetime ban recommended for former FIFA vice-president Hawit

Former FIFA vice-president Alfredo Hawit is facing a lifetime ban from football-related activity following a recommendation by investigators at football’s global governing body.

Hawit, also the former president of CONCACAF and chief of the Honduran Football Federation, pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice in a New York court in April.

Following its own investigation into allegedly illegal payments he received from sports marketing companies, FIFA’s independent Ethics Committee has deemed that Hawit breached a number of the organisation’s rules, including those relating to bribery and corruption.

A Committee statement released on Wednesday read: “Dr Borbely has recommended imposing on Mr Hawit a lifelong ban from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for the alleged violation of articles 13 (general rules of conduct), 15 (loyalty), 18 (duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), 19 (conflicts of interest) and 21 (bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

“Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Mr Hawit is presumed innocent.”

FIFA has also circulated a “contract of agreed objectives”, which “sets the scene” for Forward – the body’s overhauled development programme.

Allegations of the embezzlement of money destined for relief and development projects were central to FIFA’s corruption scandal.

“By jointly identifying the development priorities and objectives with the member associations and confederations we’ll be able to maximise the impact of our assistance, thus making a qualitative improvement to football in their respective territories,” said FIFA secretary general Fatma Samoura.

Through FIFA Forward, member associations will be able to access up to $5million per four-year cycle: $750,000 per year for football projects such as pitches, competitions and women’s football, and $500,000 per year for running costs in areas including administration and governance.

Confederations, who will also have to sign contracts of agreed objectives, are entitled to receive up to $40m every four years.

Fri 11 Nov, 2016
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