Story Behind FIFA Banned National Guatemalan Football Team

You don’t have to be a football enthusiast to know that Guatemala never becomes the power house among countries in this world. However, the case about how FIFA banned this football federation in 2017 was surprisingly shocking. Or maybe not, if you consider about the track record of Guatemala regarding the corruption index.

The highest world federation of football, FIFA, brought down the ban from following years of investigation that involving international law enforcement teams and FBI regarding the case about high level corruption that involving former president of Guatemalan national soccer federation, Brayan Jimenez Hernandez.

Guatemala Football Team
Guatemala Football Team

This case that happened in December 2015, literally setting off a chain of events which brought tears to the eyes of football lover around Guatemala.

At the very first place, investigators began to dig deeper into Fedefut’s problem. Then, they found evidence of fraud and recommended suspension for the federation afterwards. And FIFA gave sanction to Guatemala in 2016 after they failed to authorize normalization committee after this international corruption scandal showed up and rocked the football world.

Gianni Infantino
Gianni Infantino, FIFA President

Hector Trujillo, a former Fedefut general secretary, was the person who brought down in the scandal to be convicted in jail with eight months by the judge in New York.

It is a common secret that corruption cases become a huge problem in Guatemala. Unfortunately, football has gotten that collateral damage.

This team has suffered enough not to participate in several world level tournaments such as: Gold Cup, Central American Games, https://agenpoker899.com/,  and CONCACAF Champion League.

But it is just a past story. Since 30 May 2018, a letter from Chairman of the Fedefut Normalisation Committee sent a letter to FIFA’s president, Gianni Infantino, which was confirmed that it is already fully operated. The suspension is lifted and the rights as federation member of FIFA is restored. And this announcement is welcomed warmly.

This is a good news, not only for the team player but also for all Guatemalan all over the country. With the end of suspension, means that they are able again to compete in international tournament.

It is important to them, not only for the sake of achievement but also to re-establish the dignity of Guatemalan football lover.

It is not important even though this team is not a power house. Because society still respect and proud to see how this team is growing and improving.