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Peru approve extradition of ex-football chief

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Lima, Nov 25 (IANS) Peruvian President Pedro Kuczynski has issued a decree authorising the extradition of the country's former football chief to face corruption charges in the US.

The Thursday announcement in Peru's official gazette came five months after the Supreme Court in Lima approved the extradition of Manuel Burga, adhering to a request from a New York court, reports Xinhua.

The 59-year-old, who has denied any wrongdoing, was arrested in December after police acted on an international warrant.

Burga, who led the Peruvian Football Federation from 2002 to 2014, is accused of accepting bribes for marketing and broadcast rights.

Investigators in the US claim that more than a dozen other former and current Latin American football chiefs took part in similar schemes.

--IANS

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