Emphasizing the scale of corruption that dominated soccer's international governing body for decades, defense attorneys for three indicted former FIFA officials told a jury Monday that their clients were innocent bystanders.

Charles Stillman, an attorney for ex-Brazilian soccer head Jose Maria Marin, used an apt analogy at opening arguments this morning.

In a children's soccer game, the Ballard Spahr attorney explained, players are "part of an organized effort to score goals" and prevent the other team from scoring.

Marin may have belonged to Team FIFA, said Stillman, but he said the 85-year-old was "kind of like the youngster standing off to the side picking up daisies, looking around, while the others are running full steam ahead."

"There is a crucial difference," Stillman said, "between being on the field and being in the game."

Marin is on trial for the next month and a half alongside 59-year-old Juan Angel Napout, the former president of the South American soccer confederation Conmebol, and 60-year-old Manuel Burga, a member of FIFA's development committee who controlled Peruvian soccer from 2002 to 2014.

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