November 9, 2016 / 2:48 PM / in a year

FIFA Ethics Committee asks for life ban for Rafael Callejas

ZURICH (Reuters) - FIFA’s Ethics Committee on Wednesday called for Rafael Callejas to be banned from soccer for life, alleging the former president of the Honduran Football Association breached the scandal-hit soccer governing body’s code of conduct.

Rafael Callejas, the former president of Honduras, departs after pleading guilty in a hearing at U.S. Courthouse for the Eastern District of New York in the Brooklyn borough of New York March 28, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

The committee said Callejas contravened rules on bribery and corruption, and four other rules, following an investigation into allegedly illegal payments he received from sports marketing companies.

Until a formal decision is taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Callejas is presumed innocent, the body said. No date for a decision was given.

Reporting by John Revill, editing by John Miller

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