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Fox Sports involved in soccer bribes, ex-marketing executive testifies

A witness for USA prosecutors in the corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Tuesday that media companies including Fox Sports and Grupo Televisa paid bribes to secure media rights for soccer matches.

Alejandro Burzaco, the former CEO of Torneos y Competencias, a major sports marketing company based in Argentina, testified that five other companies he had partnered with, including Brazilian network Globo and the Mexican network Grupo Televisa, had bribed Federation Internationale de Football Association officials during his tenure.

Alejandro Burzaco, former CEO of the firm based in Argentina, testified that Fox and other broadcasters were involved in a scheme to pay bribes through sham contracts that secured rights for the Copa America and other events.

Asked whom he kept informed about the bribe arrangements, Burzaco responded, "Fox Pan American Sports".

Ganley is named as a defendant in a 2016 civil lawsuit in a Florida federal court by Florida-based soccer network GolTV, which claims that Ganley and other Fox executives paid bribes for broadcast rights.

Fox Sports did not immediately return a request for comment.

Alejandro Burzaco Tuesday fingered Fox Sports, Media Pro, TV Global, Traffic, Full Play, and Televisa as he took the stand against ex-FIFA honchos Manuel Burga, Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout-saying he had personal knowledge of the grafts.

Burzaco, testifying at the trial of three former South American soccer officials in NY, said that Fox Sports, Globo (Brazil), Televisa (Mexico), Mediapro (Spain), Full Play (Argentina) and Traffic Group (Brazil) had been involved in the bribery.

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. Forty-two people and entities have been charged in the case, of which 23 have pleaded guilty and two have been sentenced. He also told jurors how Julio Grondona, a powerful South American soccer official who died in 2104, had received cash bribes.



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