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FIFA bans former Peru FA president for life over bribery charges

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Former president of the Peruvian Football Association Manuel Burga Seoane has been banned from all football-related activities for life by FIFA for participating in bribery schemes, world soccer’s governing body said on Tuesday.

Seoane was also ordered to pay a fine of 1 million Swiss francs ($1.10 million) for breaching articles in FIFA’s Code of Ethics related to conflicts of interest, bribery and corruption, and offering and accepting gifts or other benefits among others.

“The sanction imposed on Mr Burga Seoane follows a previous decision rendered by the adjudicatory chamber in July 2019,” FIFA said.

That decision was annulled by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in April last year and referred back to the investigatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee.

But the adjudicatory chamber said it was “comfortably satisfied” that Seoane, also a former member of the CONMEBOL Executive Committee and the FIFA Development Committee, had breached the code of ethics.

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Reuters has contacted the Peruvian FA for comment.

FIFA also said it had banned Bimo Wirjasoekarta, the President of Indonesian club Tira Persikabo, for two years after finding him guilty of “acts of intimidation, coercion, threat and exploitation towards a player”.

Wirjasoekarta’s sanction is suspended for a probationary period of three years and he must also pay a fine of 10,000 Swiss francs.

-Reuters

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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