News 22nd July 2015

Hearing into allegations against Bolivian FA postponed

A 19 July hearing into corruption allegations against Carlos Chavez and Alberto Lozada, President and General Secretary of the Bolivian football federation (FBF) has been postponed, because of an objection filed by the defence. Prosecutors allege that the pair have been involved in money laundering, abuse of influence, tax crimes and other offences.

The pair are suspected of having received between US$1 million and US$1.7 million in connection with the bribery of senior decision makers at FIFA, reported Bolivian state news agency ABI. Prosectors are understood to be investigating allegations that bribes were paid during the contracting of the TV rights for the qualifying games to the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia. They have apparently received statements from 40 leaders, representatives and employees of the FBF over the past 45 days. Chavez is also Treasurer at the Latin American football confederation, CONMEBOL.

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