FIFA bans Jamaica's Burrell in bribery plot

By the Associated Press | October 14, 2011 | 2:30 PM EDT

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA has banned a senior soccer official from Jamaica for six months for his part in a bribery conspiracy involving former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hamamm.

Horace Burrell is a longtime ally of former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner and the president of Jamaica's federation. Burrell must now withdraw his candidacy in the Caribbean Football Union presidential election next month.

Soccer's ruling body says three months of Burrell's ban from all soccer duty will be deferred for a probationary period of two years.

FIFA also gave an 18-month ban to one of the most senior women in international soccer, Franka Pickering of the British Virgin Islands. Two more officials received 30-day bans, one was reprimanded and five others warned.