Fox Sports ‘involved in football bribes’
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.