Saturday, 18 November, 2017

Fox Sports accused of bribery in bid to secure football rights

CONMEBOL delegate Roger Bello of Bolivia left talks with Boca Juniors goalkeeper Agustin Orion center and Alejandro Burzaco president of Torneos y Competencias during a Copa Libertadores soccer match between Global Broadcasters Implicated in FIFA Corruption at Trial
Noah Ferguson | 15 November, 2017, 01:56

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.

When asked by a US attorney at the trial about Fox's motivation for buying the broadcast rights, Burzaco said, "Using the TV rights to expand its Fox signal in all of the Americas, from Argentina to the United States of America". The hearing is part of a sprawling federal investigation into endemic corruption at Fifa resulting in over 40 criminal charges filed against football and marketing executives implicated in the global conspiracy.

Burzaco was the head of Torneos from 2006 until his arrest in 2015. He is one of 23 people to have pleaded guilty already.

Alejandro Burzaco, the former chief executive officer of sports-marketing company Torneos y Competencias SA, testified that companies he had partnered with, which also included Full Play Argentina and Traffic Group in Brazil, were involved in the bribery.

According to the Associated Press, Burzaco alleged that the bribes were paid via fake contracts for rights to Copa America and other events. The money was in addition to annual bribes, between $300,000 to $1.3m, that the six senior Conmebol officials were already receiving from T&T for the rights to tournament. The court saw a contract between T&T and an entity named Somerton for $3.7m.

Burzaco said in court that Fox was told about bribes paid to soccer officials by T&T.

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.

Fox Sports, Televisa in Mexico and Globo Comunicacao & Participacoes SA in Brazil didn't immediately respond to requests for comment.

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