Bolivian Football Federation head detained at match over corruption charges

The interim head of the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) was detained by police on corruption charges during the World Cup qualifying match with Ecuador.

The football match was held on November 12.

According to the Reuters news agency, Marco Rodriguez was detained by plainclothes police while he was sitting in the stands with players not involved in the game at the Hernando Siles stadium in La Paz.

Several clubs and the union of professional football players in Bolivia had accused Rodriguez of corruption and illegal profiteering, as well as failure to comply with a court order forcing him to step down as president of the FBF.

It is noted that Rodriguez’s detention took place on the eve of the election of a new head of the FBF, for whose post many members are vying.

The FBF has not yet released an official statement regarding the situation.

Gaston Uribe, the FBF executive director, said Rodriguez had sudden health problems when the police tried to transfer him from La Paz to Santa Cruz city to continue the trial and he was hospitalized.