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
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.