Jose Maria Marin,gets four years in prison by US District Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, New York.

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Jose Maria Marin, 86, was sentenced by US District Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, New York.

Marin, the former head of Confederação Brasileira de Futebol, was convicted on December 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 (£155 million) of bribes and kickbacks in exchange for marketing and broadcast rights for football matches. Prosecutors said Marin received several million dollars in bribes.

He was also fined $1.2 million and ordered to forfeit $3.34 million.

“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.

At least 42 individuals and entities have been charged in the FIFA probe, and many have pleaded guilty.

Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay, a former head of South America’s football governing body CONMEBOL, was a co-defendant at Marin’s trial and was also convicted. His sentencing is scheduled for August 29, court records showed.

The third defendant at the trial, former Peruvian football official Manuel Burga, was acquitted.

 

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