Caribbean clearout: FIFA bans Dominican Republic’s Guzman for 10 years

October 15 – FIFA ethics committee judges have banned the former president of Dominican Republic’s federation for 10 years from all football-related activities at both national and international level.

Osiris Guzman, who famously once used a speech to compare Sepp Blatter to Jesus Christ, Nelson Mandela and Winston Churchill all rolled into one, was originally suspended in June for 90 days pending a full inquiry. That was then extended for another 45 days.

Guzman, who made his remarkable claim in April 2015 at a CONCACAF Congress and support of Blatter’s then upcoming election, was found guilty of violating three Fifa ethics rules covering bribery, accepting gifts and of conflicts of interest.

Details of the case have not been published though Guzman reportedly allowed FIFA-funded facilities to be used for a political meeting.

Back in 2011, he served a 15-day ban following the fallout over the bribery scandal involving Caribbean voters in the FIFA presidential election.

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