FIFA Hands Life Time Ban To Paraguayan Club President Over Manipulation

FIFA, the global governing body of football, has handed a lifetime ban to Marco Antonio Trovato Villalba, the new president of Club Olimpia, the Paraguayan side, after finding him guilty of manipulating the match.

The Disciplinary Committee of Fifa said that the penalty of Trovato Villalba was in relation to a number of matches that took place between 2018 and 2019, all while he was club president.

Fifa did not go into further detail regarding the matches in question, but stated that Trovato Villalba violated Article 18 of the Disciplinary Code of Fifa, which focuses on the abuse of football matches and competitions.

Trovato Villalba was also found to have infringed Article 20 of the Fifa Code, which applies to failure to fulfil his obligation to participate in disciplinary proceedings before the Fifa.

As a result, for all football-related practises, Trovato Villalba must serve a lifetime ban and also pay a fine of CHF 100,000 (£83,680/€ 92,350/$ 107,700).

Trovato Villalba was notified on Monday of the decision and has 10 days to request the reasons for the verdict, after which it will be released on the legal website of Fifa.

In accordance with article 56 of the Fifa Disciplinary Code, Trovato Villalba can lodge an appeal with the Fifa Appeal Committee against the decision.

The ruling comes after a new mobile app from the International Federation of Professional Footballers (FIFPro) was designated by Fifa earlier this month to anonymously monitor match-fixing as a legitimate monitoring tool for alleged cheating in the sport.

FIFA and its department of integrity will now examine sensitive information sent through the FIFPro-shared app.