February 16 2016
Ecuador has announced its intent to prosecute several soccer officials on money laundering charges, the latest domino to fall after a 2015 US indictment of FIFA officials set off a chain reaction of corruption investigations across the region.
Ecuador’s Attorney General’s Office announced via Twitter that executives from the Ecuadorian Soccer Federation (Federación Ecuatoriana de Fútbol – FEF) implicated in corruption investigations would be tried on money laundering charges, reported El Universo.
The case, known locally as Ecuafútbol, has implicated three top FEF officials, including the organization’s president, Luis Chiriboga Acosta, and secretary, Francisco Acosta.
According to a press release from Ecuador’s Attorney General’s Office, the prosecutors agreed to the possibility of creating joint investigative teams, due to the common challenges authorities in each country facing tackling soccer corruption.