FIFA’s ethics committee slapped bans on three disgraced officials

Vastavam web: FIFA’s ethics committee today slapped lifetime bans on three former world football executives who have all pleaded guilty to corruption charges in US courts.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 in the sport.”The officials are banned for life from all football- related activities at national and international level,” it added.
The three are among the 42 officials and marketing executives who have been indicted by the United States justice department as part of its sprawling probe into football corruption.He admitted to taking bribes in exchange for the awarding of football media and marketing rights.Rocha, who once headed Nicaragua’s football association, pleaded guilty to similar offences in December 2016.
Lai, in addition to his FIFA role, also led the football association in his native Guam.The US investigation, which came to light in May 2015, uncorked the largest scandal in the history of world football.