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> Manuel Burga, one of the first three men to face charges in the corruption scandal plaguing FIFA, was found not guilty of racketeering on Tuesday in New York. Burga's lawyer, Bruce Udolf, said the verdict was the correct one.>> The evidence just, the case was an important case.
So the government did a very good and thorough job that leads us to this gentleman over here to my left, I think the jury saw the truth.>> Burga's verdict came just days after a jury found two other former South American soccer officials guilty of taking bribes in exchange for the award of valuable marketing and media rights to international soccer matches.
Burga along with two guilty defendants, Juan Ángel Napout and José Maria Marin, were the first to stand trial on charges brought by US prosecutors in 2015 as a part of investigations of world soccer's governing body, FIFA. In all, US prosecutors to charge 42 people with entities for their alleged involvement in the bribery scandal and 24 pleaded guilty.