>> The first people criminally charged in a massive international sports corruption scandal were found guilty on Friday. Two former soccer officials were convicted in a Brooklyn Federal Court and could face up to 20 years in prison. A third is still waiting for juries to reach a verdict. The charges stemming from a wide-ranging investigation into alleged corruption at FIFA, the world's soccer body.
Prosecutors have charged 42 people and entities at least 24 have pleaded guilty. Several of those testified for the prosecution, describing corruption that went far beyond the three defendants in the courtroom. Jurors found Juan Angel Napout of Paraguay and Jose Maria Marin of Brazil guilty of taking bribes, and kickbacks in connection with marketing rights for international soccer tournaments.
One government witness said he paid bribes to all three defendants. The federal judge placed one of the defendants under house arrest after he allegedly threatened the witness, making a slashing motion across his throat. Jurors will return Tuesday to deliberate the fate of Manuel Burga, the former President of the Peruvian Soccer Federation.