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Bolivian football chief arrested on charges of corruption

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

Bolivian football chief arrested on charges of corruption

La Paz: The head of Bolivia`s football federation, Carlos Chavez, was arrested on Friday on charges of corruption in the management of finances, the Bolivian public prosecutors office said.

Chavez is also the treasurer 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 the central Bolivian city of Oruro in 2013, Bolivian state news agency ABI reported.

According to ABI, the fan`s family never received any money from that fund.

Chavez`s lawyer Jaime Tapia called his arrest "shameful", saying authorities should have listened to him before detaining him.

U.S. and Bolivian authorities were unavailable for immediate comment on whether the arrest had anything to do with the U.S. corruption investigation into world football`s governing body FIFA and related organizations, such as CONMEBOL.

The Bolivian public prosecutors office was due to give a news conference on the matter later on Friday evening.

From Zee News

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