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Bribes helped Fox executives obtain soccer television rights

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NEW YORK (AP) — The US government’s star witness in a corruption trial over broadcast rights to some of soccer’s biggest events on Wednesday testified how he and two former Fox executives paid millions of dollars in bribes to undermine competing bids.

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The trial in New York City is the latest development in a tangled corruption scandal dating back nearly a decade that has ensnared more than thirty executives and partners in the world’s most popular sport.

The witness, Alejandro Burzaco, alleges that he and former Fox executives Hernan López and Carlos Martínez conspired to bribe South American soccer officials to obtain television rights to the southern hemisphere’s biggest annual tournament, the Copa Libertadores, and to assist with terrestrial broadcast rights for most athletes. . Lucrative competition, the World Cup.

Burzaco testified that “the bribes fulfilled this purpose very well”.

Lawyers for López and Martinez maintain that the former executives are being framed, with one defense attorney accusing Burzaco of orchestrating the bribes.

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