Ex-president of Peruvian Football Federation arrested

A FIFA rostrum after FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation. (Ennio Leanza, AP)
A FIFA rostrum after FIFA president Sepp Blatter announced his resignation. (Ennio Leanza, AP)

Lima  - The former president of the Peruvian Football Federation, indicted in the FIFA corruption scandal, was arrested late Friday on an international arrest warrant, and protested his innocence as he was taken away.

Manuel Burga was taken into custody in the capital Lima as he left his house, insisting he would clarify the allegations against him.

Burga is among 16 men whose indictments were announced Thursday in Washington amid a widening multi-million dollar corruption scandal engulfing FIFA.

They are all from the South American Football Federation (CONMEBOL) and the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

"I am calm... I have not received any bribes," Burga told Channel N from the back seat of a vehicle into which he was placed by police.

"I was waiting, I was informed that they would be coming."

Minutes before the arrest, Interior Minister Jose Perez had told reporters that Burga was wanted on an international arrest warrant.

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