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Ex-Brazil chief Jose Maria Marin sentenced to four years in prison

Jose Maria Marin, the former president of Brazil's football confederation, has been sentenced to four years in prison following his conviction on corruption charges.

Marin, 86, was sentenced on Wednesday in Brooklyn federal court, the first official to be sentenced in the U.S.'s sprawling FIFA investigation. He was also fined $1.2 million and ordered to forfeit $3.34 million.

He had been found guilty last December on charges of money laundering, wire fraud and conspiratorial racketeering. 

"Today's sentence shows that for all their power and prestige, the soccer officials who corrupted 'the beautiful game' are not above the law," U.S. attorney Richard Donoghue said.

The government had asked for 10 years in prison for him. The defense had sought the approximately 13 months he has already served, citing the 86-year-old's advanced age and poor health.

"We are disappointed in the length of the sentence but appreciate the judge's efforts to strike a fair balance," Marin's lawyer Charles Stillman told Reuters. "Mr. Marin will pursue an appeal."

Dozens of people and entities have been charged in the U.S. with a scheme to extract hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.

Most have pleaded guilty, though the former president of Peru's federation, Manuel Burga, was acquitted in December.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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