Televisa, Globo paid FIFA bribes for 2026/2030 World Cup rights

16 Nov, 2017 1:15 pm

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A prosecution witness in the corruption trial of three former soccer officials testified on Wednesday that Mexico’s Grupo Televisa  and Brazil’s Globo took part in a $15 million bribe to a FIFA executive to secure media rights to the 2026 and 2030 World Cup tournaments.

Alejandro Burzaco, the former head of sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias, testified for a second day in a US court, adding details to Tuesday’s testimony that Televisa, Globo and Fox Sports had been involved in bribery.

In the first trial to be heard in a US investigation of bribery surrounding FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, Burzaco told jurors in federal court in Brooklyn on Wednesday that Torneos, Televisa and Globo paid the bribe to Julio Humberto Grondona, a FIFA executive who died in 2014.

Burzaco said Torneos and Fox Sports, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc , were partners in a sports marketing venture, T&T Sports Marketing Ltd.




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