FIFA ethics committee opens proceedings against CONMEBOL pair Bedoya and Jadue

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The adjudicatory chamber of FIFA's independent ethics committee has opened formal proceedings against former CONMEBOL vice-presidents Luis Bedoya and Sergio Jadue.

FIFA's ethics committee earlier this month recommended life bans from football for the pair, who each pleaded guilty to charges of racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in December, having been indicted as part of the long-running criminal investigation into corruption with FIFA.

A FIFA statement read on Wednesday read: "The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert has today opened formal adjudicatory proceedings against Luis Bedoya, a former member of the FIFA Executive Committee, former CONMEBOL vice-president and former president of the Colombian FA, and Sergio Jadue, a former CONMEBOL vice-president and former president of the Chilean FA, based on the final reports submitted by the investigatory chamber.

"The chairman of the adjudicatory chamber has studied the reports carefully and decided to institute formal proceedings against the two officials.

"For reasons linked to privacy rights and the presumption of innocence, the adjudicatory chamber will not publish further details at the present time.

"In the course of the proceedings, both parties will be invited to submit their positions, including any evidence relevant to the final reports of the investigatory chamber (art. 70 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics), and they may request a hearing (art. 74 par. 2 of the FCE)."

Until November, 56-year-old Bedoya was president of the Colombian Football Federation and 36-year-old Jadue held the same role with the Chilean Football Federation.

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