Former FIFA Vice-President Eugenio Figueredo Banned For Life

ormer FIFA Vice-President Eugenio Figueredo

Former FIFA vice-president Eugenio Figueredo has been banned for life for bribery that was detected by a sprawling American federal investigation of corruption in international soccer.

FIFA says its ethics committee found Figueredo guilty of taking bribes in 2004 and 2015 linked to commercial deals for South American competitions.

The Uruguayan official has also been fined 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million) but it is unclear how FIFA can enforce payment.

The 87-year-old Figueredo was a FIFA executive committee member when he was arrested in Zurich at a five-star hotel in May 2015.

He was detained for seven months before Swiss authorities extradited him to face criminal charges in Uruguay rather than the United States.

Figueredo was kept under house arrest in his home country.

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A U.S. Department of Justice indictment published in 2015 said Figueredo obtained American citizenship nine years earlier after having “falsely stated that he had severe dementia” to avoid an English language test.

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