FIFA handed Brazilian football confederation (CBF) president Marco Polo Del Nero a 90-day provisional ban from all football activities on Friday.
The 76-year-old, a former member of the FIFA Council, is the latest prominent South American official to be banned by the sport’s governing body as part of its investigation into a vast corruption scandal.
Del Nero was indicted on corruption charges in the United States in December 2015 and has faced numerous calls, including from Brazilian greats Pele and Zico, to step down.
“Mr Polo Del Nero is banned from all football activities at both national and international level,” FIFA said in a statement. “The ban comes into force immediately.”
FIFA added that Del Nero’s ban could be extended by up to 45 days while the ethics committee completes its investigation.
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