Ex-Brazilian football boss gets 4 years in US prison in FIFA probe

José Maria Marin of Brazil, one of three defendants in the FIFA scandal, as he arrives at the Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn in New York. (File photo: AFP)

A former president of Brazil’s football federation was sentenced on Wednesday by a US judge to four years in prison after being convicted on corruption charges related to the bribery scandal at FIFA, the sport’s governing body.

Jose Maria Marin, 86, was sentenced by US District Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, New York. He was also fined $1.2 million and ordered to forfeit $3.34 million.

Marin, the former head of Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF), was convicted on Dec. 22 by a federal jury on six conspiracy counts, including to commit racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.

He was among the first to stand trial over what US prosecutors called a sprawling scheme involving payments of more than $200 million of bribes and kickbacks in exchange for marketing and broadcast rights for football matches. Prosecutors said Marin received several million dollars in bribes.

“We are disappointed in the length of the sentence but appreciate the judge’s efforts to strike a fair balance,” Marin’s lawyer Charles Stillman, said in an email. “Mr. Marin will pursue an appeal.”

Prosecutors had sought a minimum 10-year prison term, less 13 months that Marin has already spent in custody.

Defense lawyers said Marin’s age and health meant he should be sentenced to time served, court papers showed.

CBF declined to comment.

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