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FIFA bans former council member

Published:Wednesday | February 26, 2020 | 12:17 AM

ZURICH (AP):

Former FIFA Council member Wilmar Valdez was banned from football for one year yesterday for breaking his duty of loyalty.

FIFA said its ethics committee judges also imposed a 10,000 Swiss francs (US$10,200) fine on Valdez, the former president of Uruguay’s football federation.

The case related to Valdez’s involvement in “various projects and tenders” by the Uruguayan federation.

Media reports of audio recordings from 2016 which linked Valdez to potential wrongdoing gave FIFA investigators evidence to open a case.

FIFA said, “Based on the content of the recordings, Mr Valdez had breached his fiduciary duty towards the (Uruguay soccer federation).”

Valdez briefly led the South American confederaton in fallout from a US investigation of corruption linked to FIFA that removed a generation of the continent’s football officials in 2015.