U.S. government witness in FIFA trial said Fox, Televisa paid bribes

NY (Reuters) – A witness for U.S. prosecutors within the corruption trial of three former soccer officers testified on Tuesday that media firms together with Fox Sports and Grupo Televisa paid bribes to secure media rights for soccer matches.

FILE IMAGE: Businessman Alejandro Burzaco (L) of Argentina arrives at the Federal Courtroom in Brooklyn, BIG APPLE, September 18, 2015. REUTERS/John Taggart

It’s The first trial to emerge from the U.S. probe into corruption surrounding FIFA, soccer’s world governing physique.

Alejandro Burzaco, former head of Sports Activities Advertising firm Torneos y Competencias, named The Businesses whereas being puzzled via a prosecutor in Brooklyn federal Court. Torneos y Competencias and Fox Sports Activities, a unit of news Corp , jointly owned a Sports Activities Marketing undertaking, T&T Sports Activities Advertising Ltd.

The Businesses, that have been not charged by means of U.S. prosecutors in the case, didn’t straight away reply to requests for remark.

The testimony came on the 2nd day of the trial of Juan Ángel 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 José Maria Marin, former president of Brazil’s soccer federation.

Reporting through Brendan Pierson in NY; Editing with the aid of Richard Chang

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