In a bid to curb the widespread of corrupt practices in football, The Fédération Internationale de Football Association, FIFA has banned three former football officials for life.
The officials which were banned today hailed from Guam, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
The officials are, “Richard Lai, the former Guam Football Association president and a former member of the FIFA audit and compliance committee, Julio Rocha, the former Nicaraguan Football Association president and a former FIFA development officer; and Rafael Esquivel, former Venezuelan Football Association president.”
The three men where earlier levelled with charges which ranged from money laundering to racketeering and wire fraud which they all pleaded guilty to.
Specifically, “Lai pleaded guilty to taking one million dollars from officials looking to buy influence, with powerful International Olympic Committee member Ahmad Al-Sabah of Kuwait implicated.”
“Rocha and Esquivel pleaded guilty to taking bribes in exchange for the awarding of media and marketing rights of matches including World Cup qualifiers and regional tournaments such as the Copa America.”