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FIFA scam: Ex-Peru soccer prez held, Ecuador football chief’s arrest ordered

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Lima (Peru): The former president of Peru’s soccer federation Manuel Burga was arrested amid an ongoing US-led investigation into corruption at the sport’s world governing body FIFA.

Burga was among 16 people, including current and former Latin American soccer chiefs, who were charged with bribery schemes by the US officials, Xinhua reported.

Burga, 58, who was head of the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) for 12 years till 2014, denied wrongdoing as police arrested him on Saturday in Lima.

“I reiterate that I’m innocent. I haven’t received any bungs or bribes,” Burga said.

Burga was suspected of receiving bribes and kickbacks for granting broadcasting rights of Copa America matches to company Torneos y Campeonatos (TyC).

Ecuador orders arrest of its football chief

Ecuador ordered the arrest of its football federation (FEF) president Luis Chiriboga after he was named by US authorities as one of the 16 people connected with a multi-million dollar bribery scandal.

Chiriboga was suspended by the FEF board for a period of 90 days, after his bank accounts, and those of two other FEF officials, were frozen by prosecutors, and the FEF offices in the coastal city of Guayaquil were searched, reports Xinhua.

FEF vice-president Luis Villacis was put in charge after Chiriboga was suspended from his post.

The measures came after US Attorney General Loretta Lynch accused 16 former and current football officials in Latin America, including Chiriboga, of corruption.

Ecuadoran Attorney General Galo Chiriboga said that information from Lynch’s office has been added to the investigation over the FEF officials.

“These crimes were committed in Ecuador, therefore Ecuadoran justice department and the National Attorney General’s Office have all the constitutional rights to investigate them,” said Galo Chiriboga.

Luis Chiriboga’s lawyer, meanwhile, said he had the evidence to clear his client of the charges and would provide them when the time came.

(IANS)

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Apple Brings FIFA World Cup Closer to You

Siri users can ask for scores, schedules, standings and team rosters, Apple said in a blog post

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As the countdown to the 2018 FIFA World Cup begins, football fans around the world including in India can stay up to date with statistics, scores and updates on their favourite teams across all Apple devices, the company has said.

Virtual assistant Siri adds support for football in Brazil, Russia, Denmark, Finland, Malaysia, Turkey, Thailand, Saudi Arabia and Israel — in addition to 26 other countries that already support Siri sports, including India.

Siri users can ask for scores, schedules, standings and team rosters, Apple said in a blog post.

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Throughout the month, the App Store editors will highlight their favourite apps and games from football stars, offer tips on taking a perfect football photo and how to best get your football fix on social media.

The App Store will also feature key football-related apps and games to help fans dive deeper into the experience, with official broadcaster apps like FOX NOW or BBC Sport, and games like FIFA Mobile and PES 2018.

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Apple Music will feature playlists for each of the 32 participating nations with the most exciting artists in each country as chosen by local teams. (IANS)

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