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Lionel Messi Argentina hiatus for U.S. trip 'disappointing' - Guatemala chief

Former Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron discusses how the national side needs to structure itself going forward, following their performance at the 2018 World Cup.

Guatemala Football Federation president Juan Carlos Rios is both surprised and disappointed that Lionel Messi will not be a part of the Argentina side his team will face in a friendly next month.

Argentina travel to the United States to take on Guatemala in Los Angeles on Sept. 7 before facing Colombia five days later in New Jersey.

Messi, who captained Argentina to the Round of 16 at this summer's World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated by France, is expected to take a break from the national...

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.


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...