NEW YORK – Jurors have resumed deliberations in the U.S. in the trial of three former South American football officials are accused of taking millions of dollars in bribes.
The deliberations were entering their fourth day Wednesday in the corruption case against Juan Angel Napout, of Paraguay, Manuel Burga, Peru, and Jose Maria Marin, Brazil. All have pleaded not guilty to conspiracy charges arising from the investigation of FIFA, football’s governing body.
The jury heard former marketing executives to work together with prosecutors to testify how they bought the three suspects and other powerful soccer officials to buy their influence in the granting of commercial and hosting of the rights of the World Cup and other major tournaments.
Defense lawyers conceded there was corruption in international football. But they said that their clients are not among the offenders.