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Trials begin after US football corruption probe

Trials begin after US football corruption probe

By: SportBusiness International team

Posted:
14 Nov 2017
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Lawyers representing the first men to stand trial as part of the long-running US investigation into allegations of football corruption worldwide have delivered their opening statements.

The lawyers are representing the three former football officials from Latin America at a federal court in Brooklyn, with 24 out of 42 individuals charged by US prosecutors having pleaded guilty so far.

The three men standing trial are Juan Ángel Napout, the ex-president of Conmebol, the sport’s governing body in Latin America; Manuel Burga, the former president of Peru’s national association, and José Maria Marin, the ex-president of Brazil’s national governing body.

The charges relate to allegations of bribery and kickbacks surrounding rights for football tournaments, including the Copa America and Copa Libertadores.

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