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Former Conmebol exec handed life ban by Fifa

Fifa has today (Thursday) handed a life ban to Romer Osuna, former treasurer and member of the Executive Committee of the South American Football Confederation (Conmebol), in the latest sanction relating to the wide-ranging corruption scandal that rocked world football back in 2015.

The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee of world football’s governing body has found the Bolivian official, who also served on several Fifa committees, guilty of bribery in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics.

The investigation proceedings against Osuna referred to a bribery scheme during the 2012-2015 period, in particular his role in awarding contracts to companies for the media and marketing rights to Conmebol competitions.

In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Osuna had breached Article 27 (Bribery) of the 2018 edition of the Code of Ethics and, as a result, sanctioned him with a ban for life as well as a fine of CHF1m (€922,000/$1.02m).

Osuna was one of 16 people from the world of football charged by US prosecutors in December 2015 with participating in bribery schemes surrounding marketing and media-rights deals in Latin and Central America.

That announcement raised the total number of people and entities charged at the time to 41 since the stunning dawn raids earlier that year in Zurich, Switzerland.