FIFA ‘paid off’ me­dia

New York Post - - NEWS -

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.

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