Media companies hit with bribery claims at Federation Internationale de Football Association corruption trial

Some of the world's biggest broadcasters, including Fox Sports, Globo and Grupo Televisa SAB, were implicated in corruption of global soccer, with a former sports-marketing executive telling a US jury that they paid bribes to win TV rights for tournaments.

Burzaco was the head of Torneos from 2006 until his arrest in 2015.

The former CEO of Argentine sports communication company Torneos, Burzaco pleaded guilty late previous year to various charges of racketeering, money laundering, and fraud.

Sky Sports's sister network was named among some of the world's biggest broadcasters during the trial of three officials from the game's governing body in Brooklyn, New York. Torneos y Competencias and Fox Sports, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc, jointly owned a sports marketing venture, T&T Sports Marketing Ltd.

The companies, which were not charged by USA prosecutors in the case, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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Televisa spokesman Olmos Cruz Alejandro said the company could not comment without knowing more about the trial testimony.

Fox allegedly signed a pact with an Argentine media company to facilitate bribes to officials in FIFA's South American confederation in connection with TV rights. Burzaco told the court he had paid senior officials, including the Argentinian football executive and former senior Fifa vice-president Julio Grondona and the former Conmebol president Nicolás Leoz, a range of "special bribes" ranging between $500,000 to $1m to secure the extension.

Shares of Twenty First Century Fox were down 2.3 percent at $27.88 in afternoon NYSE trading.

Burzaco, testifying at the trial of three former South American soccer officials in NY, said that Fox Sports, Globo (Brazil), Televisa (Mexico), Mediapro (Spain), Full Play (Argentina) and Traffic Group (Brazil) had been involved in the bribery. Forty-two people and entities have been charged in the case, of which 23 have pleaded guilty and two have been sentenced.

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