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Jury ends day with no verdict in FIFA bribery trial

NEW YORK – Jurors in the AMERICAN legal case against three former South American soccer officials charged with receiving millions of dollars in bribes still not reached a verdict.

Consultation ended for the day on Thursday with no decision 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.

The deliberations will resume on Friday.

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