FIFA suspends CONCACAF official Enrique Sanz

CONCACAF General Secretary Enrique Sanz.

FIFA has provisionally banned CONCACAF general secretary Enrique Sanz from football-related activities.

CONCACAF governs football in North and Central America as well as the Caribbean and its president Jeffrey Webb was arrested last week.

Webb was one of seven officials detained by the US Department of Justice on charges of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.

Congo’s Football Association has also had two officials provisionally banned.

Vice-president Jean Guy Blaise Mayolas and general secretary Badji Mombo Wantete were suspended “based on the fact that various breaches of the FIFA code of ethics appear to have been committed by said officials”.

In tandem with the seven arrests in Switzerland last Wednesday, the US Department of Justice also raided the headquarters of CONCACAF in Miami.

The following day, Sanz, who had held his post since 2012, was placed on an immediate leave of absence by the confederation.

FIFA stated the action taken against him was “on the basis of investigations carried out by the investigatory chamber of the FIFA ethics committee and the latest facts presented by the US attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York”. (bbc sport)