Bolivian football boss arrested on charges of corruption

Bolivian football boss arrested on charges of corruption

The boss of Bolivia’s football federation, Carlos Chavez, was arrested on Friday on corruption charges in the management of finances, the Bolivian public prosecutor’s office said.

He is also the reassure of the South American Football Confederation, CONMEBOL.

Chavez, was arrested on suspicion of a scam in the case of a fund set up for the family of a fan who died at an international match in Central Bolivian city of Oruro in 2013, Bolivian state news agency ABI reported.

The fan’s family, according to ABI, never received any money from that fund-–nfl.html (follow this link for more information)

Bolivia started investigating its federation after a major scandal of corruption broke out that involved the sport’s world governing body FIFA.

Over 20 Bolivian football executives have given evidence in the courts so far.

The public prosecutor said Mr. Chavez was accused of “alleged corruption in the management of resources.”

The secretary General of the Bolivian Federation, Alberto Lozado, has also been arrested for fixing matches.

“The charges being investigated are criminal organization, legitimization of illicit profit, he untoward use of influence… and fraud,” Bolivia’s attorney general Ramiro Guerrro said in a statement.

The case begun on June 1 and Guerrero said that over 40 people have testified so far.

Jaime Tapia, Chavez’s lawyer has called his arrest “shameful” saying authorities should have listened to him before making the decision to detain him.

The Bolivian and U.S authorities were not available for immediate comment on whether the arrest had anything to do with the U.S corruption investigation into FIFA and other related organizations such as CONMEBOL.


FIFA is facing claims of widespread corruption after Swiss police raided a hotel in Zurich, where FIFA is based and arrested 7 of its top executives last month.

The 7 arrested were held at request of the United States justice department which charged 14 current and former FIFA officials and associated on charges of “rampant, systemic, and deep rooted” corruption.

Two former Conmebol presidents Eugenio and Figueredo and Nicolas Leoz, are among those charged- (for more information follow this link)

Also, in May, Swiss prosecutors opened separate criminal proceedings “against persons unknown on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and of money laundering” in connection with the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.




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