FIFA warns Guatemala over match-fixing ruling

FIFA has threatened the Guatemala Football Association with

suspension after a sports court there ordered lifetime bans

overturned for three players caught fixing national team


FIFA says the Guatemala FA must show by Monday that the court

won’t interfere in a football decision.

Missing the deadline will lead FIFA ”to take the appropriate

measures, which could include a suspension.”

FIFA statutes require its 209 members to protect their

independence from third parties, including courts and


The Guatemala FA banned Guillermo Ramirez, Gustavo Cabrera and

Yoni Flores for life last September. FIFA then applied the

expulsions worldwide.

Ramirez and Cabrera both played 100 times for the national


Guatemala’s top football official, Rafael Salguero who

represents CONCACAF on FIFA’s executive board, is unlikely to be

affected by possible sanctions.