FIFA bans Peruvian soccer official Burga for life

GENEVA (AP) — A South American soccer official acquitted of racketeering in the United States has been banned for life by FIFA for taking million-dollar bribes.

FIFA said on Tuesday its ethics committee judges found “overwhelming evidence” Manuel Burga got or was promised a total of $6.6 million in bribes linked to marketing deals for the Copa America and Copa Libertadores. FIFA also fined Burga 1 million Swiss francs ($1 million).

Burga signed contracts as president of the Peruvian soccer federation that were used as evidence by American authorities to get guilty pleas and convictions from other senior officials at South American soccer body CONMEBOL.

He was cleared of a racketeering conspiracy charge in December 2017, days after Juan Angel Napout
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