NEW YORK (AP) The previous president of Colombia’s soccer federation concluded South America’s three members of the FIFA government committee through the 2010 vote that chosen Qatar over america to host the 2022 World Cup have been the game’s most corrupt individuals on the continent.
Finishing two days of testimony within the federal corruption trial of the previous soccer heads of Paraguay, Peru and Brazil, former Colombian Soccer Federation president Luis Bedoya repeatedly was requested by protection legal professionals about the potential of bribes to again Qatar.
Bedoya stated he and a number of other different South American federation presidents supported the U.S. bid, however he thought Julio Grondona of Argentina, Nicolas Leoz of Paraguay and Ricardo Teixeira of Brazil voted for Qatar. Grondona was seen as probably the most highly effective soccer official in South America. Leoz was president of the South American governing physique CONMEBOL from 1986-2013, and Teixeira was the one-time son-in-regulation of former FIFA president Joao Havelange.
Bruce L. Udolf, a lawyer for former Peruvian federation president Manuel Burga, requested Bedoya whether or not the three have been probably the most corrupt individuals within the South American governing physique, CONMEBOL.
“I consider so,” Bedoya stated in Spanish via a translator. “I can’t show it, however that is what individuals say.”
Leoz and Teixeira have been indicted within the U.S. however haven’t been extradited. Grondona died in 2014.
Burga, former Paraguay federation president Juan Angel Napout and ex-Brazil federation president Jose Maria Marin are on trial for racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and cash laundering conspiracy.
Throughout a prolonged courtroom trade with out the jury current, Napout’s lawyer succeeded in persuading U.S. District Decide Pamela Okay. Chen to confess a 2010 letter from Bedoya to Leoz stating that Colombia’s federation supported the U.S. within the FIFA vote. U.S. prosecutors allege that help of Qatar in change for bribes was a part of a conspiracy, however not all the greater than three dozen individuals charged have been concerned in that scheme.
A member of FIFA’s government committee from 2014-15, Bedoya pleaded responsible in 2015 to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy, counts that would end in sentences of 20 years every. He stated Monday he accepted greater than $three million in bribes from 2007-15.
Bedoya testified he feared for the security of himself and his spouse in the event that they returned to Colombia, and he stated the…