- Associated Press - Friday, July 17, 2015

LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) - Police in Bolivia have arrested the president of the nation’s soccer federation for alleged corruption.

The prosecutor’s office issued a brief statement Friday on Carlos Chavez’s arrest that offered no details beyond saying it was part of an “investigation of presumed corruption” in managing state resources.

Chavez was arrested after eight hours of questioning and ordered jailed in Sucre, where the prosecutor’s office is located.

The investigation into Chavez and other top figures in Bolivian soccer followed accusations by U.S. authorities in May of corruption among top leaders of FIFA, international soccer’s governing body.

The coach of one club in Bolivia’s soccer league accused Chavez of embezzling funds from the national federation.

Chavez said Friday morning as he submitted to questioning that there was no proof to the accusations.


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