The New York federal judge overseeing the ongoing FIFA corruption trial said Monday that it would needlessly confuse the jury to hear that one indicted Brazilian soccer official remains the president of the country’s soccer federation, while the other — currently on trial in the case — had been banned from the sport.

U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen blocked James Mitchell of Ballard Spahr LLP, who represents the former Brazilian soccer federation president Jose Maria Marin in the trial, from questioning Internal Revenue Service agent Steven Berryman about how Marco Polo Del Nero is still president of the Brazilian football federation. Del Nero, whom prosecutors named in their 92-count indictment in December 2015 along with Marin and other soccer officials, has stayed in Brazil and kept his post.

Marin, on the other hand, was extradited to the United States from Switzerland in 2015 and was banned from soccer by an independent ethics committee, according to a FIFA press release in May 2015 amid the first arrests in the case.

Marin is represented by Charles A. Stillman, James A. Mitchell and Bradley Gershel of Ballard Spahr LLP and Julio C. Barbosa of Barbosa Legal.

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