Football: Latin American executives deny any wrongdoing

Ariel Alvarado (left) and Manuel Burga.
Ariel Alvarado (left) and Manuel Burga.PHOTO: AFP

LIMA (AFP) - Two Latin American football executives indicted in the new twist in the Fifa corruption scandal have denied any wrongdoing.

They are Ariel Alvarado, a Panamanian who sits on Fifa's disciplinary committee, and Manuel Burga, former president of the Peruvian Football Federation.

They were among 16 men whose indictments were announced on Thursday in Washington.

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

Alvarado issued a statement saying, "As surprised as I am, with a sense of personal responsibility and as a sports leader... I must say that I am convinced that each of the charges against me will be cleared up."

Burga, for his part, told RPP radio: "I want to make this clear. I have not taken any bribes. I am not corrupt."