NEW YORK – Jurors have resumed deliberations in the New York City trial of three former South American soccer officials charged with accepting millions of dollars in bribes.
Deliberations in their sixth day on Friday in the case against Manuel Burga, Peru; Juan Napout, of Paraguay; and José Maria Marin, Brazil. All three have pleaded not guilty to taking the bribes of marketing companies vying for a lucrative commercial rights for the major football tournaments.
The three are some of the more than 40 football officials, businessmen and entities taxed in a scandal that shook FIFA, football’s governing body.
The defense has claimed that the government its case on unreliable employees who pleaded guilty and are fishing for lighter penalties.