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FIFA lifts Guatemala's ban ahead of 2026 World Cup vote

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Guatemala has been suspended since October 2016.

FIFA has lifted its suspension of the Guatemala football federation, clearing the Central American country to vote in the 2026 World Cup hosting contest on June 13.

FIFA says its ruling council must ratify the decision on June 10 in Moscow.

That same FIFA Council meeting must also approve the 2026 candidates, Morocco and the joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid.

Guatemalan teams and officials were suspended since October 2016 from international games and business until its statutes were aligned...

Ex-Guatemala official Hector Trujillo banned for life by FIFA

ZURICH -- FIFA ethics judges have imposed a life ban from football on a Guatemalan official who took bribes linked to marketing deals for World Cup qualifying games.

Hector Trujillo was the first defendant sentenced last October in a sprawling American investigation of football corruption. He received an eight-month prison term after admitting wire fraud and conspiracy charges.

FIFA says its ethics committee has fined Trujillo $200,000 but it is unclear how the sport's ruling body can enforce payment.

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Guatemala's Hector Trujillo sentenced to eight months in prison

NEW YORK -- A former judge who led Guatemala's football federation has become the first person sentenced in the U.S. in the FIFA world football corruption scandal, getting eight months in prison.

Hector Trujillo, 63, was sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn. He pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy in June.

Trujillo admitted accepting nearly $200,000 in bribes from a company trying to secure sports marketing contracts.

Prosecutors said the former general secretary of Guatemala's...

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Former MLS MVP Carlos Ruiz announces his retirement

Carlos Ruiz last played for FC Dallas at the end of last season.

Former Major League Soccer MVP Carlos Ruiz has announced his retirement at age 37.

"El Pescadito" played in MLS from 2002-2008, then returned to join Philadelphia in 2011 and D.C. United in 2013. He made three substitute appearances last season after signing with FC Dallas just before the playoffs.

The Guatemala international scored 89 regular-season goals in his career, good for the 10th most in league history.

Ruiz was a force when he entered the league in 2002, winning the MVP and Golden...

FIFA bans former Guatemala FA president Brayan Jimenez for life

Brayan Jimenez has been banned from football for life.

FIFA has banned the former president of the Guatemala football federation for life.

Brayan Jimenez, a former member of the FIFA Committee for Fair Play and Social Responsibility, last year pleaded guilty in a United States federal court to racketeering and wire fraud.

He was extradited to the U.S. in connection with the larger FIFA corruption scandal.

The FIFA ethics committee announced the ban in a statement on Monday.

"His guilty plea related to two schemes by means of which he asked for and received...