NEW YORK: Manuel Burga, former president of the Peruvian football federation, has been brought before a New York court and bailed on charges arising from the $200m FIFAGate corruption inquiry.
Burga was extradited from Lima at the weekend after a lengthy attempt to contest the order sought by the United States Department of Justice.
He was brought before Judge Pamela Chen and pleaded not guilty on all charges.
Burga is charged, among other offences, with having accepted bribes from the Argentinian marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco, former head of the TyC corporation, over television rights to the Copa America.
He has also been charged with money-laundering and wire fraud but the extradition was obtained on only the offence of conspiracy to defraud.
Burga has proclaimed his innocence of any wrongdoing while he headed the Peruvian federation between 2002 and 2014.
More than 40 individuals and companies have been indicted by the US DoJ. Most have pleaded guilty. Only six thus far have maintained not guilty pleas and their trial is schedule to start in November next year.
Jack Warner, former president of central/north confederation CONCACACAF, and Nicolas Leoz, ex-president of South America’s CONMEBOL, are both contesting extradition from Trinidad & Tobago and Paraguay respectively.
Warner is a former vice-president of world football federation FIFA while Leoz was a long-time member of its governing executive committee.