Testimony: Fox Sports involved in soccer bribes

Fox Sports accused of bribery in bid to secure football rights

Burzaco said he bribed all three defendants, alleging that Marin received payments of 300,000, going up to 450,000 a year.

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

The three soccer officials on trial in Brooklyn are Juan Angel Napout, former president of the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL and Paraguay's soccer federation; Manuel Burga, former president of Peru's soccer federation; and Jose Maria Marin, former president of Brazil's soccer federation.

When Leoz failed to vote for Qatar to host the 2022 World Cup at Federation Internationale de Football Association headquarters in December 2010, Teixeira and Grondona rounded on him, Burzaco testified. During a break, he and Teixeria then pulled Leoz aside to "shake him up" and ask: "What the hell are you doing?"

A month later, Grondona received 1 million from Teixeira for voting for Qatar, Burzaco said.

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They were whisked around by private jet, with "three or four Mercedes" parked on the tarmac ready and waiting on arrival at CONMEBOL headquarters. In court on Tuesday, he said the head of sports at O Globo, the largest media company in Brazil, was present at a dinner where $600,000 annual bribes for two Brazilian soccer officials were negotiated. At another, Burga "told me he was happy collecting the bribes", he said. Torneos y Competencias and Fox Sports, a unit of News Corp, jointly owned a sports marketing venture, T&T Sports Marketing Ltd.

A sports marketing executive, Alejandro Burzaco, testified Tuesday that Delhon and another man, Pablo Paladino, took in millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for rights to broadcast football games, according to the reports. Fox held a 75% share ofT&T from 2005, Burzaco said.

Fox Sports denied that the company had been aware of or approved bribes, saying in a statement: "Fox Sports had no operational control of the entity which Burzaco ran".

That fake contract allowed Fox Sports to extend its media rights for Copa America and other events from 2015 to 2018 and to launch Fox Sports 2 and Fox Sports 3 in multiple countries, Burzaco said.

Last year, a soccer network based in Florida that repeatedly lost out on the television rights to tournaments that Fox Sports aired made similar bribery allegations against Fox in a pending federal lawsuit.

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