Life bans for ex-South America FA duo Jadue, Bedoya

Fri May 6, 2016 8:21am EDT
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By Brian Homewood

ZURICH (Reuters) - Two leading former South American soccer officials, including one who sat on FIFA's executive committee, were banned for life on Friday as the fallout continued from the graft scandal that has engulfed the sport.

The ethics committee of soccer's ruling body said in a statement that Chilean FA president Sergio Jadue and former Colombian FA president Luis Bedoya had been found guilty of five offences under the federation's code of ethics including bribery.

Bedoya is also a former member of FIFA's executive committee and both men are former vice-presidents of the South American governing body CONMEBOL.

Bedoya and Jadue have already pleaded guilty in the United States to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy, according to a Department of Justice statement published in December.

They are among more than three dozen officials, nearly all from Latin America, who have been indicted in the U.S. in the graft scandal that plunged FIFA into the worst crisis in its 112-year history.

"Their guilty pleas related to two schemes by means of which they asked for and received bribes from sports marketing companies in relation to the awarding of marketing rights (for competitions)," said the ethics committee.

It added that the competitions involved included the Libertadores Cup, South America's equivalent of Europe's Champions League, and this year's centenary Copa America that will be held in the U.S.

The ethics committee said the two men had breached articles on general conduct, loyalty, duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting, conflicts of interest and bribery and corruption.   Continued...

President of Chile's Football Federation Sergio Jadue speaks after receiving a distinction for the America Cup the draw of the 2015 Copa Sudamericana tournament at the CONMEBOL headquarters in Luque, on the outskirts of Asuncion July 16, 2015. REUTERS/Jorge Adorno