An Argentine businessman has claimed multiple major media companies paid bribes in exchange for soccer TV rights as part of the larger FIFA corruption scandal.
Alejandro Burzaco Tuesday fingered Fox Sports, Media Pro, TV Global, Traffic, Full Play, and Televisa as he took the stand against ex-FIFA honchos Manuel Burga, Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napoutsaying he had personal knowledge of the grafts.
The 53-year-old told the court the former head of Fox Sports Pan American Sports, James Ganley, signed a sham contract in 2008 to cover up a $3.7 million agreement to extend contracts.
Burzaco also testified Tuesday that he had personally bribed Burga, Marin, and Napout for a three- or five-year period, beginning in 2010.
The three men are currently standing trial in Brooklyn federal court on charges of wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering. Prosecutors alleged the disgraced ex-FIFA heads used their influence as federation heads in their own countries to solicit kickbacks.
The former CEO of Argentine sports communication company Torneos, Burzaco pleaded guilty late last year to various charges of racketeering, money laundering, and fraud.
A spokesperson from FOX Sports did not immediately respond to a request for comment.