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Ex-Brazil FA Boss Marin Jailed For Four Years

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Former Brazilian Football Association (CBF) boss, Jose Maria Marin has been jailed for four years.

The 86-year-old was one of seven FIFA officials arrested at a Zurich hotel in May 2015.

Marin was accused of taking bribes from Sports marketing establishments in exchange for contract to broadcast tournaments such as the COPA America.

He was found guilty of six of the seven counts against him, relating to money laundering and wire fraud conspiracy and has now been jailed for four years.

In addition to the jail sentence, the ex-Brazilian FA chief was fined $1.2m (£920,000) and ordered to forfeit $3.34m (£2.59m).

The jail sentence on the former Sao Paulo governor was passed at a Brooklyn federal court by judge Pamela Chen.

Marin represents the first official to be jailed as part of an American investigation into corruption practices at FIFA.

He was convicted alongside Juan Angel Napout, whose sentence will be passed at a later date.

Napout is a former president of South America’s football governing body, CONMEBOL.

Former Peru Football Association (FA) President, Manuel Burga Seoane, 60, was, however, cleared of taking bribes by a jury in the USA.

Marin’s lawyers have already confirmed that he will appeal against the jail sentence.

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