Media companies hit with bribery claims at Federation Internationale de Football Association corruption trial


Fox Sports issued a statement late Tuesday saying "any suggestion" it "knew of or approved of any bribes is emphatically false". Alejandro Burzaco testified that Fox was among several media companies paying bribes.

On the stand, Burzaco said a company he helped control, T&T, routinely paid bribes to soccer officials in exchange for rights to the Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana, two popular club team tournaments held in South America every year.

Burzaco's testimony is part of a trial of several ex-soccer executives, who were charged as part of an worldwide investigation into corruption in global soccer.

Alejandro Burzaco is the witness who said the media companies-which also included Grupo Televisa SAB, Media Pro, Globo, Full Play Argentina and Traffic Group-had bribed Federation Internationale de Football Association for the soccer rights.

NEW YORK (AP) - Fox Sports partnered with a South American marketing firm to make millions of dollars in bribes to high-ranking soccer officials in exchange for lucrative broadcasting rights to major tournaments, the marketing company's former CEO testified Tuesday at a USA corruption trial.

Fox Sports did not immediately reply to a request for comment on Tuesday's testimony.

Recently, evidence arose that Televisa may have been involved in paying bribes to secure broadcast rights for Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay for four consecutive World Cups.

In addition to Fox, Burzaco pointed his finger at a number of other companies.

Burzaco said Fox Sports wanted to use "the TV rights to expand its Fox signal in all of the Americas, from Argentina to the US".

Sky Sports's sister network was named among some of the world's biggest broadcasters during the trial of three officials from the game's governing body in Brooklyn, New York.

The former CEO of Argentine sports communication company Torneos, Burzaco pleaded guilty late previous year to various charges of racketeering, money laundering, and fraud.

After one meeting where arrangements were made to wire Marin a portion of a $2 million bribe, Marin "gave me a hug and showed me his gratitude", Burzaco said. After being charged in 2015, Burzaco testified that he briefly went into hiding before deciding to turn himself in and cooperate.