FIFA bans coach for 2 years in World Cup match-fixing case

AP , Wednesday 2 May 2018

Ramón Maradiaga
Ramon Maradiaga

FIFA has banned a former El Salvador coach for two years for his role in offering players money to perform well in a World Cup qualifying game, and thereby help his native Honduras.

FIFA says ethics committee judges found Ramon Maradiaga guilty of ''bribery and corruption'' and failing to report the plot.

El Salvador's players were offered cash by a third party if they managed to win - or at least avoid losing by two goals or more - in a qualifier against Canada in September 2016. A big defeat risked helping Canada progress ahead of Honduras. It's against FIFA rules for third parties to offer cash incentives to teams.

FIFA says Maradiaga - who captained Honduras at the 1982 World Cup - let the meeting happen ''in which financial compensation was promised to the players.''

However, El Salvador players revealed the cash offer at a news conference before the game in Vancouver.

FIFA says it fined Maradiaga 20,000 Swiss francs ($20,000).

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