Three former South American soccer officials went on trial Monday in a scandal that’s shaken the sport’s governing body, with U.S. prosecutors accusing them of taking millions of dollars in bribes and defense lawyers portraying them as innocent bystanders to corruption.

Jose Maria Marin, Manuel Burga and Juan Angel Napout were the first soccer officials to be tried in the sprawling investigation of FIFA. Prosecutors accuse them of taking part in a 24-year scheme involving at least $150 million in bribes paid by marketing firms in exchange for lucrative broadcasting and hosting rights for prestigious tournaments.

“These defendants cheated the sport in order to line their own pockets … and they did it year after year, tournament after tournament, bribe after bribe,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith Edelman said in opening statements in federal court in Brooklyn.

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