FIFA has banned Former Brazilian Football Confederation president Ricardo Teixeira for life for taking millions of dollars in bribes.
According to a judgment by the FIFA ethics committee, Ricardo Teixeira was found guilty of taking bribes that are linked to commercial contracts for South American competitions during 7 years from 2006 to 2012 and was fined 1 million Swiss francs (£775,000).
Teixeira resigned in 2012 ahead of being implicated formally in a decade-old World Cup kickback scandal.
He got identified with an era of corruption linked to FIFA during the presidencies of Sepp Blatter, and Joao Havelange, his former father-in-law.
In December 2015, he was named in an indictment unsealed by the U.S. Department of Justice that detailed wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering conspiracy charges. He has evaded extradition to the US, where he kept a home in Florida.
Teixeira cited health reasons 7 years ago as he left the executive committee. He stepped down from organizing the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, too.
In 2012, long allegations were confirmed that both Teixeira and Havelange took seven kickbacks from the ISL agency that marketed World Cup broadcasting contracts.
A ruling from Swiss supreme court ended years of secrecy about the case, leading FIFA to publish a document detailing an agreement for Teixeira and Havelange to repay $2.5 million and $500,000, respectively, in order to close a criminal prosecution.
In July, at a FIFA ethics committee hearing, investigators showed evidence from the U.S. federal case that Teixeira took bribes related to commercial deals for the Copa Libertadores, Copa America, and Brazils national cup competition.
The FIFA ruling states Teixeira banked his bribes in Europe, in Middle East, in Andorra, in far Asia, and always with beneficial owners – very common names in Chinese or in each region, which was impossible to define who it was.
His lawyers countered that Teixeira denies vehemently all charges, without any evidence to support the indictment.
However, FIFA dismissed the defence, noting bribe payments of millions of dollars, which could have been invested into the development of Brazil and South America’s football.