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FIFA Imposes Life Bans for 2 S. American Officials for Bribery

  • Associated Press

Luis Bedoya, a former FIFA executive committee member from Colombia - seen in this 2015 file photo - and Sergio Jadue of Chile were found guilty of wrongdoing including bribery and conflicts of interest, May 6, 2016.

Luis Bedoya, a former FIFA executive committee member from Colombia - seen in this 2015 file photo - and Sergio Jadue of Chile were found guilty of wrongdoing including bribery and conflicts of interest, May 6, 2016.

FIFA ethics judges have imposed life bans on two South American football officials who have pleaded guilty in the United States to corruption charges.

The FIFA ethics committee judging chamber says it found Luis Bedoya, a former FIFA executive committee member from Colombia, and Sergio Jadue of Chile guilty of wrongdoing including bribery and conflicts of interest.

Bedoya and Jadue were national soccer federation presidents when they waived indictment last November on charges of racketeering and wire fraud conspiracies.

They took million-dollar bribes linked to marketing rights for the Copa America and Copa Libertadores tournaments.

FIFA's ethics committee says the case "related to two schemes by means of which they asked for and received bribes from sports marketing companies."

Bedoya and Jadue await sentence from a federal court in Brooklyn.

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