Football: FIFA fines British FAs, bans two Honduran officials for life

Sports Monday 19/December/2016 21:04 PM
By: Times News Service
Football: FIFA fines British FAs, bans two Honduran officials for life

Zurich: The Football Associations of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have been fined for displaying poppies during World Cup qualifiers last month, world soccer's governing body said on Monday.
England were fined 45,000 Swiss francs ($44,000) for what FIFA described as the "display of a political symbol" on players' shirts and around the stadium during the 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley, plus crowd misconduct.
Scotland were fined 20,000 Swiss francs for displaying the same political symbol as well as crowd problems.
Wales were fined 20,000 Swiss francs and Northern Ireland 15,000 for displaying political symbols in the home games against Serbia and Azerbaijan respectively.
The matches were all played in November around Remembrance Sunday when Britain pays tribute to soldiers who lost their lives in the two World Wars.
"It is not our intention to judge or question specific commemorations as we fully respect the significance of such moments in the respective countries, each one of them with its own history and background," Claudio Sulser, head of FIFA's disciplinary committee, said.
"However, keeping in mind that the rules need to be applied in a neutral and fair manner across FIFA's 211 member associations, the display, among others, of any political or religious symbol is strictly prohibited. In the stadium and on the pitch, there is only room for sport, nothing else."
Life bans
FIFA's independent ethics committee, meanwhile, imposed life-long bans on two former Honduran officials for involvement in a multimillion-dollar bribery scheme to which both have pleaded guilty.
Rafael Callejas, former president of the Honduran Football Association (FENAFUTH) and a former member of the FIFA Marketing and TV Committee, and Alfredo Hawit Banegas, former acting president of CONCACAF -- the confederation that runs soccer in North and Central America, as well as the Caribbean -- were banned from all national and international soccer-related activity, the ethics committee said.
Hawit and Callejas were among 16 people charged last December with bribery schemes for marketing and broadcast rights in a dismantling of a Latin American soccer network by U.S. prosecutors.