FIFA ‘paid off’ media
An Argentinian businessman claims multiple major media companies paid bribes in exchange for soccer TV rights as part of the larger FIFA corruption scandal.
Alejandro Burzaco on Tuesday fingered Fox Sports, Media Pro, TV Global, Traffic, Full Play and Televisa as he took the stand in Brooklyn federal court against ex-FIFA honchos Manuel Burga, José Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout — saying he had personal knowledge of the grafts.
He told the court the former head of Fox Pan American Sports, James Ganley, signed a sham contract in 2008 to cover up a $3.7 million agreement to extend contracts.
A Fox spokesperson called the claims “emphatically false.”
Burzaco, 53, also said he had personally bribed Burga, Marin, and Napout for a three- or fiveyear period, beginning in 2010.