Media companies hit with bribery claims at Federation Internationale de Football Association corruption trial

Global media paid bribes FIFA trial hears

Global Broadcasters Implicated in FIFA Corruption at Trial

In US federal court, he detailed how his Torneos y Competencias S.A. company paid millions of dollars in bribes to South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) executives for more than a decade to secure television rights to major tournaments.

Sky Sports's sister network was named among some of the world's biggest broadcasters during the trial of three officials from the game's governing body in Brooklyn, New York. Burzaco, the former head of Torneos and Competencias who has pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and other charges, has emerged as a key witness against José Maria Marin, Manuel Burga and Juan Ángel Napout. This included Fox Sports, partnered with Burzaco in the T&T sports marketing company, which owned the rights to the Copa Libertadores.

Fox Sports did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the testimony, multiple outlets reported.

Burzaco's testimony, which is expected to continue into Wednesday, also implicated the three former football executives, José Maria Marin, Manuel Burga and Juan Ángel Napout, now on trial. In total, the former executive said, he had arranged $15m in bribes for securing the rights to Copa America, which at that point were held by a rival marketing company.

"They had presidential or diplomatic or royal treatment", Burzaco testified.

"They shook him up".

They were whisked around by private jet, with "three or four Mercedes" parked on the tarmac ready and waiting on arrival at CONMEBOL headquarters.

Burzaco also testified Tuesday that he had personally bribed Burga, Marin, and Napout for a three- or five-year period, beginning in 2010.

A month later, Grondona received 1 million from Teixeira for voting for Qatar, Burzaco said. "Are you the one not voting for Qatar?'" he quoted them as saying.

Burzaco said the contract was signed by James Ganley, former chief operating officer of Fox unit Fox Pan American Sports, and was a sham meant to cover bribes to people including former Argentine Football Association president and FIFA executive Julio Humberto Grondona, who died in 2014.

Burzaco told the court the bribes came in the form of phony contracts, including one from 2008 that involved the Fox Sports/Torneos partnership paying $3.7 million to the recipients.

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