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Fifa issue life ban to former football official

Friday August 16 2019

In this file photo taken on February 24, 2016 French football referee Stephanie Frappart holds out a red and yellow card in Paris. Fifa on August 15, 2019 banned the former treasurer of South America's football federation for life after an ethics panel found him guilty of bribery. PHOTO | FILE |

In this file photo taken on February 24, 2016 French football referee Stephanie Frappart holds out a red and yellow card in Paris. Fifa on August 15, 2019 banned the former treasurer of South America's football federation for life after an ethics panel found him guilty of bribery. PHOTO | FILE |  AFP

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Fifa on Thursday 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 art. 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 Sh103 million ($1 million)

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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.

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