Fox Sports ‘in­volved in foot­ball bribes’

Irish Examiner - - World News -

Fox Sports part­nered with a South Amer­i­can mar­ket­ing firm to make mil­lions of dol­lars in bribes to high-rank­ing soc­cer of­fi­cials in ex­change for broad­cast­ing rights to ma­jor tournaments, the mar­ket­ing com­pany’s for­mer CEO tes­ti­fied at a US cor­rup­tion trial. Ale­jan­dro Burzaco tes­ti­fied 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. Prose­cu­tors at the trial at a fed­eral court in New York pro­duced a 2008 agree­ment for the part­ner­ship to pay $3.7m (€3.1m) to a hold­ing com­pany in Turks and Caicos that was a con­duit for the bribes. They say it was signed by a for­mer Fox ex­ec­u­tive. Asked whom he kept in­formed about the bribe ar­range­ments, Mr Burzaco re­sponded, “Fox Pan Amer­i­can Sports. . Fox Sports.”

Fox Sports didn’t im­me­di­ately re­ply to a re­quest for com­ment. Burzaco said other broad­cast­ers, in­clud­ing Tele­visa, Me­dia Pro, TV Globo, Full Play Ar­gentina, and Traf­fic had all paid bribes for soc­cer rights.

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