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FIFA Ethics Committee calls for lifelong bans for Bedoya and Jadue

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 18 Feb 2016

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FIFA’s Ethics Committee has recommended lifelong bans from all football-related activity on Luis Bedoya and Sergio Jadue.

In December, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Bedoya and Jadue – both former CONMEBOL vice-presidents – had waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a two-count information charging them with racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.

The investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee has now concluded its probe into the duo’s activities, and a statement on Thursday recommended lifetime bans for the pair.

“The chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Dr Cornel Borbely, has concluded his investigation into the activities of Luis Bedoya and Sergio Jadue and handed over the two reports, together with recommendations, to the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, which is chaired by Mr Hans-Joachim Eckert,” the official statement read.

“As the U.S. Department of Justice informed the public on 3 December 2015, Luis Bedoya, a former member of the FIFA Executive Committee, a former CONMEBOL vice-president and, until October 2015 the President of the Colombian FA, on 12 November 2015 waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a two-count information charging him with racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.

“As the U.S. Department of Justice moreover conveyed on 3 December 2015, Sergio Jadue, a former vice-president of CONMEBOL and the former President of the Chilean FA, on 23 November 2015 waived indictment and pleaded guilty to a two-count information charging him with racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy.  

“In his final reports, the chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee recommended imposing on both Mr Bedoya and Mr Jadue a lifelong ban on taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for an alleged violation of the general rules of conduct (art. 13 of the FIFA Code of Ethics (FCE)), loyalty (art. 15 FCE), duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting (art. 18 FCE), conflicts of interest (art. 19 FCE), bribery and corruption (art. 21 FCE) and general obligation to collaborate (art. 41 FCE). 

“Until formal decisions are taken by the adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Mr Bedoya and Mr Jadue are presumed innocent.”

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