FIFA gives lifetime bans to two South American officials for bribery

Friday May 6th, 2016

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FIFA has banned two South American officials from the organization for life after they pleaded guilty to corruption charges in the United States, according to the Associated Press.

Luis Bedoya—a FIFA executive committee member and former president of the Colombian Football Federation—and Chilean Football Association president Sergio Jadue were found guilty of bribery and conflicts of interest by the FIFA ethics committee.

The two pleaded guilty to wire fraud conspiracy and racketeering last year in connection to their acceptance of million-dollar bribes from sports marketing companies for the rights to market the Copa America and Copa Libertadores tournaments.

The bans are the most recent in a series of lengthy suspensions handed out by FIFA. Former FIFA president and former UEFA president Michel Platini have been banned from the organization for six years. Former FIFA executive committee members Mohamed Bin Hammam, Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer have also been given lifetime bans.

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