Bogota club considering forfeiting league titles

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BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -Millonarios is considering forfeiting the league titles it won in 1987 and '88 when the Colombia football club was controlled by drug traffickers.

Club president Felipe Gaitan said Tuesday that the idea is in the preliminary stage of discussion. The Bogota-based team has won 13 league titles, tied for the most in Colombian football with America de Cali.

"This is a debate about ethics," Gaitan said speaking on Caracol Radio from Madrid. "The debate is in the early stage. A lot of analysis is still needed and many hours of talks are still pending before there's a decision."

Gaitan said the idea was proposed by members on the board of directors.

Gaitan is in Madrid for Wednesday's match between Real Madrid and Millonarios, a friendly to honor Alfredo Di Stefano, who played for both clubs.

"This (decision) has lots of implications, but also many positives," Gaitan added.

Drug traffickers, organized crime and money launders penetrated much of Colombian football in the 1980s, meaning other clubs might have to consider the move.

"It's not a bad idea, and I hope it becomes a reality with the titles nullified," said Carlos Andrade, a former president of America de Cali who spoke in a separate radio interview. He suggested other teams should consider forfeiting titles, but mentioned no names.

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