FIFA panel bans three former soccer
officials for life
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[November 21, 2017]
(Reuters) - FIFA's ethics watchdogs have banned three former soccer
officials from Guam, Nicaragua and Venezuela for life as part of efforts
to address widespread corruption in the sport, the world football
governing body said on Tuesday.
Former FIFA and Nicaraguan soccer official Julio Rocha exits following
his hearing at the Brooklyn Federal Courthouse in the Brooklyn borough
of New York, U.S., May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo
The latest officials to be hit by FIFA bans are
Richard Lai, the former Guam Football Association president and
a former member of the FIFA audit and compliance committee;
Julio Rocha, the former Nicaraguan Football Association
president and a former FIFA development officer; and Rafael
Esquivel, former Venezuelan Football Association president.
All three men had pleaded guilty in the United States to
separate federal charges ranging from wire fraud to racketeering
and money laundering.
(Reporting by John Miller; Editing by Michael Shields)
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