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Former Peru soccer president arrested amid FIFA graft probe

The former president of Peru’s soccer federation Manuel Burga has been arrested following an ongoing US-led investigation into corruption at the sport’s world governing body FIFA.

Burga was among those 16 people, including current and former Latin American soccer chiefs, who were charged with bribery schemes by the US officials, Xinhua reported.

Burga, 58, who headed the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) for 12 years till 2014, denied wrongdoing as police arrested him on Saturday in Lima.

“I reiterate that I’m innocent. I haven’t received any bungs or bribes,” Burga said.

Burga was suspected of receiving bribes and kickbacks for granting broadcasting rights of Copa America matches to company Torneos y Campeonatos (TyC).

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