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CONCACAF Provisionally Bans Seven

More progress is being made on ridding world football of corruption

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It is possible that world football is finally cleaning up its act.

As shocking as that is, it may actually be true.

A big week in corruption reform news got even bigger as CONCACAF announced the provisional bans of seven individuals.

From the CONCACAF press release this afternoon:

The Confederation of North, Central America and the Caribbean Football Association (CONCACAF) today announced that in response to the U.S. Justice Department indictment issued on December 3, 2015, CONCACAF's Executive Committee provisionally banned seven individuals from all football-related activities on a national and international level within the CONCACAF region.

In accordance with the Confederation's Statutes, the provisional bans, which are effective immediately, will remain in place pending the results of the U.S. Justice Department investigation and until they are ratified by the Confederation's Congress. The provisionally banned individuals are:

  • Alfredo Hawit (Honduras)
  • Ariel Alvarado (Panama)
  • Brayan Jimenez (Guatemala)
  • Hector Trujillo (Guatemala)
  • Rafael Callejas (Honduras)
  • Rafael Salguero (Guatemala)
  • Reynaldo Vasquez (El Salvador)

I know there is a long road ahead if CONCACAF and FIFA are going to make the meaningful reforms that are needed, but at least things seem to be headed in the right direction.  And for as corrupt as these organizations are at least things seem to be getting better.