Former Peru football federation chief arrested in FIFA probe

Former Peru football federation chief Manuel Burga arrested in FIFA corruption probe

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Former President of the Peruvian Football Association (FPF), Manuel Burga (C), is transported from a coroners physical examination office to a police judiciary facility following his arrest in Lima, Peru, on the eve of December 5, 2015.

Updated Dec 7, 2015

The former head of the Peruvian football federation, Manuel Burga, has been arrested in the growing FIFA bribery probe.

Local television aired images of Burga's home surrounded by at least four police cars during his Friday night arrest.

Police spokeswoman Veronica Marquez said Saturday that Burga, who headed the Peruvian federation from 2002-2014, was taken to judicial police headquarters in Lima.

Interior Minister Jose Perez said the United States wants to extradite Burga to face corruption charges. Burga denied the allegations as he was taken away, saying he had not received "a single bribe."

US authorities on Thursday accused Burga and 15 other soccer officials in the investigation.

Guatemalan judge Hector Trujillo is charged with racketeering in the case. He was arrested Friday aboard a cruise ship at Port Canaveral, Florida.