FIFA bans ex-Bolivian football chief for life
GENEVA, Switzerland (AFP) — Fifa yesterday banned the former treasurer of South America’s football federation for life after an ethics panel found him guilty of bribery.
Romer Osuna, who also once headed Bolivia’s football federation, was among a group of South American football officials charged with corruption in 2015 amid the unprecedented scandal that triggered sweeping reform within Fifa.
The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s independent ethics committee said in a statement that it had investigated a bribery scheme that ran from 2012 to 2015 in which Osuna was accused of “awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to CONMEBOL competitions”.
“The adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Osuna had breached article. 27 (Bribery) of the 2018 edition of the Fifa Code of Ethics and, as a result, sanctioned him with a ban for life,” it said.
Fifa also fined Osuna one million Swiss francs ($1 million, 922,000 euros).
Shortly after he was charged, Osuna had pledged to cooperate with investigators, both in Bolivia and in the United States, who were probing graft within world football.