Conmebol exec fired from FBF presidency amid corruption allegations

South American Football Confederation (Conmebol) treasurer Carlos Chavez has been fired from his role as president of the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) after being hit with corruption charges.

The removal of Chavez comes after state prosecutors last week raided the FBF’s headquarters and accused it of failing to cooperate with investigators probing the allegations. Police arrested Chavez on July 17 on graft charges linked to an alleged scam involving the misappropriation of some of the more than $400,000 (€361,000) in receipts from a 2013 friendly match between Bolivia and Brazil that was due to have benefited the family of a fan, Kevin Beltran, killed at an earlier game. The father of the dead fan, Limbert Beltran, claimed part of the money was due to go to his family, but they have not received any payment.

Bolivia’s football clubs voted unanimously yesterday (Tuesday) to fire Chavez. “It has been decided to revoke the mandate of Mr Carlos Chavez as president of the federation,” Walter Torrico, secretary general of the FBF, said, according to the Reuters news agency.

Chavez is being held in the notorious Palmasola Prison in the eastern city of Santa Cruz, pending trial. He is one of five senior FBF officials currently under investigation for corruption. Torrico said a new president should be elected within 30 days.