SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) _ Sergio Santander, expelled from the IOC in the Salt Lake City bribery case, has been suspended as president of the Chilean Olympic Committee as a result of the scandal.

The committee's board directors suspended Santander Thursday night. Committee vice president Luis Moreno, who temporarily took over the top position, said Friday that the panel's 42 sports federations will make a final decision on Santander Feb. 8.

Santander has denied any wrongdoing. He told a news conference earlier this week that he received no money from the Salt Lake City bid or organizing committees.

He admitted, however, receiving a contribution to his unsuccessful 1993 race for congress from Tom Welch, the former president of the Salt Lake committee. Santander said that money, ``an absolutely modest amount,'' was a personal donation from Welch and his wife, not from the Salt Lake City committee.