Colombian boss spills beans


November 28, 2017
Juan Angel Napout, center, arrives at federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York, last Thursday. He is one of three former South American football officials who are going on trial in a US case highlighting widespread corruption in the sport's governing body


The former president of Colombia's football federation has testified that he and five other heads of South American governing bodies agreed to accept $1-million bribes to sign a marketing and broadcast rights contract in 2010 for future Copa Americas.

Luis Bedoya implicated Juan Angel Napout, the ex-president of Paraguay's football federation, and Manuel Burga, the former head of Peru's football federation. Napout, Burga and Jose Maria Marin, the former president of Brazil's football federation, are on trial in federal court in New York for racketeering conspiracy, wire-fraud conspiracy and money-laundering conspiracy.

Testifying yesterday in Spanish through a translator, Bedoya said the contract with Full Play Group was signed during the 2010 FIFA Congress in South Africa. He said in conversations before that, Napout indicated he was concerned that he "not be exposed" and Burga said "he didn't know how to receive money of this type".

Bedoya said one of the owners of Full Play set up a "paper" company in Uruguay that benefited Bedoya.

Bedoya, a former member of FIFA's executive committee, pleaded guilty in 2015 to racketeering conspiracy and wire-fraud conspiracy.

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