On the seventh day of the FIFA corruption trial unfolded in New York on Tuesday, the American jury acquitted a former soccer boss from Peru, who was free to gladly fly home, while two co-defendants stood convicted and awaited behind bars to hear their sentencing.
Sixty-year-old Manuel Burga, a former chief of Peru’s soccer federation and an ex-FIFA development committee member, was cleared on one count of racketeering conspiracy.
The jury returned the verdict following the Christmas holiday after convicting Jose Maria Marin, former head of Brazil’s Football Confederation and Juan Angel Napout, former head of Paraguayan football on Friday. They were previously deadlocked on Burga.
#FIFA #FIFAGate with 2 court convictions & 20+ plea bargains for FIFA execs. Questions: 1. Will the FBI investigate the allegations of Qatar corruption? 2. Will the FBI look at the US banks who helped those executives? Or will the US banks be presumed innocent?— Declan Hill (@declan_hill) December 24, 2017