FIFA bans three officials for life

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A file photo shows Venezuela in a match against Uruguay. The former head of the Venezuelan Football Association has received a life ban FIFA's ethics committee. Wiki Commons CC BY SA

GENEVA (AFP) – FIFA’s ethics committee on Tuesday slapped lifetime bans on three former world football executives who have all pleaded guilty to corruption charges.

Rafael Esquivel, a former head of the Venezuelan Football Association, Nicaragua’s Julio Rocha, a former FIFA development officer, and Richard Lai of Guam, who served on FIFA’s auditing body, have all been barred from any further involvement.

“They have been found guilty of having violated article 21 (bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics,” said a statement.

“The officials are banned for life from all activities at national and international level,” it added.

The three are among the 42 officials and executives who have been indicted by the US justice department as part of its probe into corruption.

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