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Former Conmebol President Juan Angel Napout sentenced to nine years in prison in the US

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Former Conmebol President Juan Angel Napout sentenced to nine years in prison in the US
Archive photo of former Conmebol President Juan Angel Napout arriving at a courthouse in New York. Nov 13, 2017

Former Conmebol President Juan Angel Napout was sentenced Wednesday to nine years in prison in the United States for crimes related to the bribery scandal that shook football a few years ago, a spokesman for prosecutors said.

Napout, 60, received a sentence from Brooklyn judge Pamela Chen, who also ordered her to pay more than $4.3 million, according to John Marzulli, spokesman for prosecutor Richard Donoghue.

Napout’s attorney, Silvia Piñera-Vazquez, could not be contacted immediately for comments.

Napout was head of the Paraguayan Football Association and later president of the South American Football Confederation. In December, a jury found him guilty of conspiracy to commit an organized crime and electronic fraud.

The Paraguayan was tried along with José María Marín, former head of the Brazilian Football Confederation, who was sentenced last week and sentenced to four years in prison. A third defendant in the trial, former Peruvian leader Manuel Burga, was acquitted of all charges.

The three men are the only defendants so far to have faced trial of more than 40 individuals and entities prosecuted by the US Attorney General’s Office in connection with the corruption scandal involving FIFA since 2015.

Prosecutors have described an extensive scheme that involved payments of more than $200 million in bribes in exchange for marketing and broadcasting rights to football matches.

Prosecutors said Marin and Napout personally obtained millions of dollars in bribes.