(AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano, File)
NEW YORK (AP) An Argentinian sports marketing executive pleaded not guilty in a U.S. court Friday in the massive racketeering and bribery case that has scandalized international soccer.
Alejandro Burzaco became the third of 14 defendants charged in the FIFI investigation to appear in federal court in Brooklyn. Prosecutors allege the defendants plotted to arrange bribes of more than $150 million - tied to the award of broadcasting and hosting rights for the World Cup and other tournaments - over a 24-year period.
Wearing a rumpled business suit, Burzaco spoke only to tell the judge he understood the charges and his rights under U.S. law, and to enter his plea. His lawyer declined to speak to reporters outside court.