FIFA recommends life bans for former Chile, Colombia football presidents

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on

After pleading guilty to charges filed against them, former Columbia soccer president Luis Bedoya and Chile soccer president Sergio Jadue have been recommended to be banned for life by FIFA’s ethics committee.

In a statement via ESPN FC, FIFA’s ethics committee headed by Cornel Borbely found violations against the two soccer presidents including bribery and corruption. This, as both Bedoya and Jadue have waived indictment and pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in December.

The recommendation has forwarded their ruling to FIFA’s committee adjudicatory chamber which us chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert.

“In his final reports, the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee recommended imposing on both Mr Bedoya and Mr Jadue a lifelong ban on taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for an alleged violation of the general rules of conduct (art. 13 of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE)), loyalty (art. 15 FCE), duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting (art. 18 FCE), conflicts of interest (art. 19 FCE), bribery and corruption (art. 21 FCE) and general obligation to collaborate (art. 41 FCE),” the statement reads.

Before the ruling Bedoya was a member of FIFA’s Executive Committee, which is the main decision making body in the intervals of the FIFA Congress, while Jadue is the former president of the National Association of Professional Football of Chile (ANFP) and second vice president of the CONMEBOL.

Despite the recommendations, the report also stated that until the adjudicatory chamber releases their decision, both Bedoya and Jadue are presumed innocent.

FIFA has been hounded by controversies that in May of last year, 14 people were indicted in connection with an investigation by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division. Most of the charges stems from racketeeing, wire fraud and money laundering.

FIFA has been conducting deep investigations against its members to maintain its credibility as the world’s governing body for football

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