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Arrested FIFA officials banned from football for 90 days

Image: Juan Angel Napout , president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL), speaks during a news conference at the CONMEBOL headquarters in Luque May 21, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno

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ZURICH (Reuters) – FIFA executive committee members Juan Angel Napout and Alfredo Hawit have been suspended from football for 90 days after their arrest in Switzerland, the ethics committee of the football’s governing body said on Friday.

The pair, who are facing extradition to the United States, were among 16 football officials charged by U.S. prosecutors on Thursday with taking part in multimillion-dollar bribery schemes for marketing and broadcast rights.

FIFA’s ethics panel routinely bans officials who are under criminal investigation and the suspensions amount to a formality after their arrest, the latest blow to a global football body in turmoil since a first round of indictments in May.

Napout is president of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) and Hawit is head of the CONCACAF confederation that runs the sport in North, Central America and the Caribbean.

Both of them were in Zurich for a FIFA executive committee meeting to discuss reforms aimed at cleaning up the sport and wiping out corruption.

(Writing by Brian Homewood; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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