LIMA: Manuel Burga, former president of the Peruvian football federation, was was arrested over the weekend amid the latest flurry of the FIFAGate investigation being undertaken by the United States Department of Justice.
Burga was among the latest swathe of 16 people, including current and former Latin American football officials, who have been indicted on bribery charges by the US DoJ.
The 58-year-old, who was head of the FPF for 12 years until 2014, denied wrongdoing as police arrested him outside his home in the Peruvian capital Lima. He said: “I reiterate that I’m innocent. I haven’t received any bungs or bribes.”
Burga is alleged to have received bribes and kickbacks for granting broadcasting rights of Copa America matches to the Argentinian marketing company Torneos y Campeonatos (TyC).
Elsewhere prosecutors in Guatemala issued an arrest warrant for Brayan Jimenez, president of the country’s federation, who is also among the accused in the wake of an extradition request from the US.
Hector Trujillo, a Guatemalan judge who was general secretary of the local foiotrball federaion, was arrested from a cruise ship in Florida on Friday.
The US authorities have also submitted made a formal extradition request to Honduras for the country’s former President Rafael Callejas.
The country’s government has also issued an order to freeze bank accounts belonging to Callejas and Alfredo Hawit, the president of CONCACAF who was detained in Switzerland on Thursday.
In Ecuador another accused official, federation president Luis Chiriboga who is also a member of the executive committee of CONMEBOL, turned himself in to police. Chiriboga protested his own innocence.
Ecuador does not have an extradition arrangement with the US but he could face prosecution locally.