Football: Former soccer president receives 10 years jail in FIFA scandal

Former Ecuadorean national soccer federation president Luis Chiriboga has been given a 10-year jail sentence stemming from the FIFA scandal. Photo / Getty
Former Ecuadorean national soccer federation president Luis Chiriboga has been given a 10-year jail sentence stemming from the FIFA scandal. Photo / Getty

An Ecuadorean court gave a 10-year jail sentence to former national soccer federation president Luis Chiriboga for corruption on Friday in another case stemming from the scandal at world governing body FIFA.

Chiriboga, 70, who ran the soccer federation for 18 years but has been under house arrest since late 2015, was convicted of money-laundering along with two others at the organisation.

He is one of about 40 soccer bosses, mainly Latin Americans, implicated in US- led investigations that have rocked FIFA.

Judge Miriam Escobar said about NZ$6.1 million (NZ$8.7 million) had passed illegally through Ecuador's soccer federation.

Her court in the capital Quito ordered the three soccer officials to pay back double that and to give up properties.

Lawyers for the men said they would appeal.

Chiriboga, who has denied the charges, would be likely to serve his sentence at home given his advanced age.

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