FIFA bans Brazilian official Ricardo Teixeira over bribery
FIFA has banned former president of the Brazilian Football Confederation Ricardo Teixeira for life for shooting millions of dollars in bribes.
In a judgment from the FIFA ethics committee, Teixeira was found guilty of accepting bribes connected to commercial contracts such as South American contests from 2006 to 2012 and was fined 1 million Swiss francs (#775,000).
Ahead of being officially implicated into a World Cup kickback scandal, he resigned.
Teixeira became recognized with an age of corruption linked through the presidencies of both Sepp Blatter, his former father-in-law, along with Joao Havelange.
In December 2015, Teixeira was appointed in a sweeping indictment unsealed by the U.S. Department of Justice that comprehensive racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy fees. He has evaded extradition to the United States, in which he maintained a house in Florida.
When he left the executive , health reasons were cited by teixeira seven years ago. He stepped down from coordinating the 2014 World Cup.
Additionally in 2012, long standing allegations have been verified that Teixeira and Havelange obtained kickbacks that were seven-figure .
A Swiss supreme court judgment ended years of secrecy regarding the instance. It led FIFA to print a record detailing a 2010 agreement for Teixeira and Havelange to repay $2.5 million and $500,000, respectively, to shut a criminal prosecution.
In a FIFA ethics committee hearing July, researchers presented evidence by the U.S. national instance that Teixeira obtained bribes connected to commercial deals for the Copa America, Copa Libertadores and Brazils national cup competition.
The FIFA ruling says Teixeira banked his bribes in Middle East, at Asia that is far, in Andorra, in Europe, and consistently with valuable owners that were quite common names in Chinese or in each region, which was impossible to know who it was.
His attorneys reasoned that Teixeira vehemently denies all fees, which can be no more than assumptions produced by U.S. lawyers, without any proof to support the indictment.
FIFA dismissed the defence, even noting bribe obligations and guarantees of obligations of several million dollars, money that could have been invested .