Soccer-Ex-Costa Rican soccer chief banned for life by FIFA


UPDATE 1-Soccer-Ex-Costa Rican soccer chief banned for life by FIFA

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    By Simon EvansApril 21 (Reuters) - The former president of the Costa Rican
Football Association, Eduardo Li, was banned from the game for
life by FIFA's independent Ethics Committee on Friday, the
organisation said on Friday.
    Li is one of 42 individuals and entities charged in a U.S.
investigation into the biggest corruption scandal in the history
of FIFA. He was among seven soccer officials arrested at a
Zurich luxury hotel in May 2015.
    Li, who was also a former member of the executive of
CONCACAF, the regional confederation for North and Central
America, pleaded guilty in a U.S federal court in October to
taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes.
    U.S. prosecutors alleged Li and others engaged in schemes
involving over $200 million in bribes and kickbacks that were
sought and received by soccer officials for marketing and
broadcasting rights to tournaments and matches.
    In court, Li had said he negotiated a $500,000 bribe, of
which $300,000 he actually received, to award a Miami-based unit
of Brazil'sTraffic Group media and marketing rights for 2022
World Cup qualifier matches.
    Li also said he had agreed to accept a separate $500,000
bribe, $230,000 of which he received, from Panama-based
intermediaries in exchange for awarding a U.S. company a
contract to be the Costa Rican national team's uniform sponsor.

 (Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Ralph Boulton)


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