Zurich - A FIFA tribunal on Friday issued lifetime bans against two South
American football officials who had already pleaded guilty to corruption
offences in US court.
The ethics committee adjudicatory chamber barred Sergio Jadue of
Chile and Luis Bedoya of Colombia, both former senior FIFA officials as
well as vice presidents of the South American confederation CONMEBOL,
"for life from all football-related activities", said a FIFA statement.
FIFA's in-house court launched a probe into both men on December 4,
the day after the pair admitted in a New York court that they had
committed racketeering and wire fraud.
They are among dozens of officials and sport marketing executives
within world football detained as part of an unprecedented scandal that
has spurred a massive reform drive within FIFA.
Both Jadue and Bedoya "asked for and received bribes from sports
marketing companies in relation to the awarding of marketing rights" for
major South American football tournaments, the FIFA statement said.
As part of his plea deal, Jadue agreed to collaborate with US
investigators and was escorted out of Chile late last year under police
The guilty plea sealed Jadue's downfall after a career that saw him
rise from the front office of a humble local club to the vice presidency
Bedoya, once known as the "tsar" of Colombian football, is a former
clothing salesman who reportedly bought a dozen luxury properties during
the nine years he led the Colombian Football Federation.
His plea deal with US prosecutors included a pledge to forfeit assets held in a Swiss bank account.