Three defendants in FIFA's corruption investigation plead not guilty

NEW YORK: Two former 21st Century Fox executives and a South American sports marketing company pleaded not guilty Thursday to criminal charges in New York in the lengthy corruption investigation surrounding FIFA , the world governing body for soccer .

Former Fox executives Hernán López and Carlos Martinez and Full Play Group SA presented their pleas before the US district judge. USA Pamela Chen in Brooklyn at a charge reading done over the phone.

All three defendants were charged Monday with wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy, while Full Play was also charged with an organized crime conspiracy.

Prosecutors accused the defendants and co-conspirators of bribing soccer officials to secure media and marketing rights to soccer tournaments, using shell companies and sham consulting contracts to hide the scheme.

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The charges were the latest in a sprawling FIFA corruption probe that U.S. prosecutors unveiled in May 2015.

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