Witness says soccer official was bribed for World Cup vote

NEW YORK (AP) 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. Burzaco was to return to the witness stand on Wednesday.