United States: FIFA compliance official pleads guilty in U.S. bribery case

Author(s): Aditi Prakash, Brian Homewood | Date: April 28, 2017 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/h4OU05 | Type: Text

A member of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee was handed a provisional 90-day ban from football on Friday, a day after pleading guilty in a U.S court to taking bribes in exchange for using his influence within the global soccer body.
In a further sign of continued problems in FIFA, the organisation’s ethics committee said it had opened formal proceedings against the president of the Caribbean Football Union, Gordon Derrick, in an unrelated case.
FIFA’s ethics committee said in a statement it had suspended Richard Lai, who is also president of the Guam Football Association (GFA), at the request of its chief investigator Cornely Borbely.
Lai, 55, pleaded guilty on Thursday to wire fraud conspiracy charges before U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen in Brooklyn, according to U.S. prosecutors who said he had taken close to $1 million in bribes. As part of the plea, Lai, a U.S. citizen, has agreed to pay $1.1 million, prosecutors said.