NEW YORK (AP) The Latest on the U.S. trial of three South American soccer officials accused of corruption in the FIFA scandal (all times local):
A former sports marketing executive from Argentina testifying in New York says media giants Televisa and Globo contributed to a $15 million bribe to land the broadcasting rights for the soccer World Cup in 2026 and 2030.
Alejandro Burzaco said Wednesday that FIFA (FEE’-fuh) executive Julio Grondona took the bribe in exchange for helping to steer the lucrative rights to the two media companies. The testimony came on the third day of the U.S. trial of three South American soccer officials accused in a sprawling corruption investigation of FIFA, soccer’s governing body.
Jose Maria Marin, Manuel Burga and Juan Angel Napout have pleaded not guilty to charges they took part in a 24-year scheme involving at least $150 million in bribes that secured broadcasting and hosting rights for soccer tournaments worldwide.
Brazil’s Globo has denied wrongdoing. Mexico’s Televisa hasn’t commented.
Grondona was head of the Argentine football association until his death in 2014.
A key witness at a U.S. criminal trial has testified that a powerful soccer official took bribes to vote for Qatar to host the World Cup in 2022.
Former marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco testified on Tuesday that Julio Grondona, of Argentina, demanded $1 million to help cover what he was owed for his 2010 vote that helped Qatar land the tournament.
Burzaco also described an angry behind-the-scenes confrontation between Grondona and Qatari soccer officials at a 2011 meeting of FIFA (FEE’-fuh), soccer’s governing body. He said Grondona told them he should be getting $80 million.
The testimony came at the trial of three South American soccer officials accused of bribery. Bruzaco was to return to the witness stand on Wednesday.