Fox Sports Accused of Playing Role in Bribing Officials — FIFA Trial

Fox Sports Accused of Playing Role in Bribing Officials — FIFA Trial

The accusation came Tuesday at the USA trial of three former South American soccer officials accused of taking bribes in a sprawling corruption investigation of Federation Internationale de Football Association, the sport's governing body.

Bribes were sent by wire transfer to Swiss bank accounts or passed on as cash "in bags or envelopes", Burzaco added. This included Fox Sports, partnered with Burzaco in the T&T sports marketing company, which owned the rights to the Copa Libertadores.

The suit, filed by an Uruguayan sports media company, claimed Fox and its executives, along with Burzaco and sports marketing executives, conspired to pay bribes to South American soccer officials in exchange for rights to tournaments.

Burzaco's testimony came at the NY trial of three former South American soccer officials, who are among the people who allegedly accepted the bribes.

The allegation was one of a number of bombshells during Burzaco's almost seven hours of testimony on Tuesday in the trial of three South American soccer officials accused of bribery and money laundering.

The three soccer officials on trial in Brooklyn are Juan Ángel Napout, former president of the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL and Paraguay's soccer federation; Manuel Burga, former president of Peru's soccer federation; and José Maria Marin, former president of Brazil's soccer federation.

Burzaco was asked to point out the three defendants in the courtroom while testifying that he had bribed all of them.

The trial, expected to last six weeks, opened on Monday.

If convicted by a jury, they risk up to 20 years behind bars for the most serious offences.

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.

Grondona died in 2014 and while Leoz is under house arrest in Paraguay, his lawyers have so far frustrated all attempts to extradite him.

The reports said that at the time the two men worked for Football for All, a government program under former president Cristina Kirchner that held the rights to football broadcasts in Argentina. "Like a special dignitary, there were no customs, no immigration".

Burzaco said that Grondona told him in January 2011 to also pay him Teixeria's $1m Copa America bribe, which the Brazilian "owed him" as "Grondona voted for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup". "Are you the one not voting for Qatar?"

A month later, Grondona received 1 million from Teixeira for voting for Qatar, Burzaco said.