FIFA Bribery Trial to Kick Off in New York

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The trial over corruption in soccer’s world governing body is set to begin in New York on Monday, more than two years after authorities in Switzerland arrested several FIFA officials in coordination with U.S. prosecutors.

In all, forty-two officials and marketing executives, as well as three companies, were indicted for abusing their positions in a decades-long scheme involving hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes; however, only three are going on trial.

The most high-profile defendant is Jose Maria Marin, 85, former president of Brazil’s Football Confederation — the sport’s organizing body in one of the premier soccer-playing nations in the world.

Since extradition after his 2015 arrest by Swiss police in a five-star hotel, he has been out on bail, living in luxury at Trump Tower, the Fifth Avenue skyscraper best known for housing the penthouse and company headquarters of the US president.

Also in the dock is former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout, 59, and Manuel Burga, who led soccer in Peru until 2014 and once served as a FIFA development committee member.

All three plead not guilty.

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