Scan­dal-hit FA chief takes un­ex­pected med­i­cal break

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CHILEAN Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (ANFP) pres­i­dent Ser­gio Jadue has taken a 30- day med­i­cal leave, the ANFP has said amid me­dia spec­u­la­tion his de­ci­sion could be linked to the FIFA cor­rup­tion probe.

Jadue, a South Amer­i­can Foot­ball Con­fed­er­a­tion (CONMEBOL) vice-pres­i­dent, failed to at­tend Thurs­day’s World Cup qual­i­fier be­tween Chile and Colom­bia in San­ti­ago, a 1-1 draw.

“The ANFP board re­ceived this Thurs­day a med­i­cal li­cence from (its) pres­i­dent Ser­gio Jadue, who re­quested a statu­tory au­tho­ri­sa­tion of 30 days to be ab­sent from his cor­po­ra­tive ac­tiv­i­ties,” an ANFP state­ment said.

Jadue de­nied re­ports suggest­ing he might re­sign from the ANFP.

His Colom­bian coun­ter­part, Luis Be­doya, re­signed un­ex­pect­edly from his post this week, cit­ing per­sonal rea­sons.

CONMEBOL is reel­ing from the FIFA cor­rup­tion scan­dal in which sev­eral of its lead­ing direc­tors were in­dicted in May by a US FBI-led in­ves­ti­ga­tion into al­le­ga­tions of bribery, money- laun­der­ing and wire fraud in­volv­ing more than $150 mil­lion.

A ma­jor­ity of the 14 FIFA of­fi­cials and sports mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tives in­dicted were from South Amer­ica.

US Depart­ment of Jus­tice al­le­ga­tions in­cluded one that three Ar­gen­tine busi­ness­men formed a com­pany which en­tered into a $ 317.5m con­tract with CONMEBOL to ob­tain ex­clu­sive world­wide com­mer­cial rights to four suc­ces­sive Copa Amer­ica tour­na­ments be­tween this year and 2023.

Jadue has de­nied any in­volve­ment in the scan­dal.

Chile staged this year’s Copa Amer­ica, the world’s old­est ac­tive in­ter­na­tional foot­ball tour­na­ment, and won it for the first time.

The team’s coach Jorge Sam­paoli told the post-match news con­fer­ence on Thurs­day that he had no knowl­edge of Jadue’s sit­u­a­tion.

“When I have the de­tails I will be pru­dent in know­ing what mea­sures I should take,” he said. – Reuters

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