The Wall Street Journal: Fox Sports paid bribes for Latin American soccer TV rights, witness says

A Fox Sports executive signed a phony contract in January 2008 with an Argentine media company to facilitate $3.7 million in bribes to Latin American soccer executives, according to evidence presented Tuesday in the FIFA corruption trial in New York.

The alleged bribes were intended to secure — for Fox and its Argentine partner — the lucrative television rights to two FIFA tournaments in Latin America, the Copa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores, according to the testimony of Alejandro Burzaco, a government witness.

The testimony took place in the federal court in Brooklyn on the second day of the racketeering trial of three former Latin American soccer officials, who are charged with receiving or soliciting bribes in connection with media and marketing rights for various FIFA tournaments.

From 2006 to 2015, Burzaco served as chief executive of Torneos y Competencias, an Argentine sports media company. He was arrested in May 2015 as part of the U.S. prosecutors’ initial wave of corruption charges against FIFA officials and sports marketing executives. Burzaco pleaded guilty, admitting to paying millions of dollars in bribes to FIFA executives. He is now a cooperating witness for the government.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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