Ecuador's Chiriboga banned for life for taking bribes in Fifa-gate
Luis Chiriboga, the Soccer American soccer official who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for money laundering, was today handed a lifetime ban from the sport by Fifa for taking bribes in 'Fifa-gate', the wide-ranging US investigation into corruption in international soccer.
The former president of FEF, the Ecuadorian soccer federation, who was also a former Fifa standing committee member and sat on the executive committee of Conmebol, South American soccer's governing body, was found guilty by the adjudicatory chamber of Fifa's ethics committee.
It said: "The investigation into Mr Chiriboga related to schemes in which he received bribes in exchange for his role in awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to various football tournaments, including the Conmebol Copa América and the Conmebol Copa Libertadores."
In addition to the lifetime ban, he was fined SFr1 million ($1 million).
Chiriboga had led the FEF for 18 years, until December 2015 when he was indicted. He was sentenced in November 2016.
Ecuador has rejected requests by US prosecutors for Chiriboga to stand trial in the United States, because the country does not extradite its own citizens.
Chiriboga was one of eight soccer association presidents from South America accused of personally gaining financially by signing over the media and sponsorship rights for, among other soccer tournaments, the Copa America national teams and the Copa Libertadores club teams competitions to Datisa, a so-called ‘super agency’.
Datisa contained three individual firms: Brazil’s Traffic Sports and Argentina’s Torneos and Full Play.