U.S. government witness in Federation Internationale de Football Association trial said Fox, Televisa paid bribes

CONMEBOL delegate Roger Bello of Bolivia left talks with Boca Juniors goalkeeper Agustin Orion center and Alejandro Burzaco president of Torneos y Competencias during a Copa Libertadores soccer match

Fox Sports partnered with a South American marketing firm to make millions of dollars in bribes to high-ranking soccer officials in exchange for lucrative broadcasting rights to major tournaments, the marketing company's former CEO testified Tuesday at a US corruption trial.

The allegation was one of a number of bombshells during Burzaco's almost seven hours of testimony on Tuesday in the trial of three South American soccer officials accused of bribery and money laundering.

Three South American defendants are in the dock, charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.

Burzaco also testified Tuesday that he had personally bribed Burga, Marin, and Napout for a three- or five-year period, beginning in 2010.

Fox Sports did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the testimony, multiple outlets reported.

They are Jose Maria Marin, ex-head of Brazil's Football Confederation, former FIFA vice president Juan Angel Napout, who was elected president of CONMEBOL in 2014, and Manuel Burga, who led soccer in Peru until 2014.

If convicted by a jury, they risk up to 20 years behind bars for the most serious offences. Burzaco's testimony is expected to continue on Wednesday.

Burzaco testified that one top official for the broadcaster signed a phony contract designed only to cover up payment of $3.7 million in bribes.

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"Basically, Grondona told them [the Qatari officials]: you will pay me $80m or write a letter saying you never paid me", Burzaco said.

Burzaco would frequently travel with Grondona from Argentina to Conmebol's headquarters in Luque in Paraguay, where "three or four Mercedes" would wait for them by the runway and take them straight from the plane, allowing them to skip customs, as "someone would take care of that".

Burzaco testified that while he was arranging a $1m bribe payment to Grondona and another $1m bribe to another senior Federation Internationale de Football Association executive, Ricardo Teixeira, Grondona informed Burzaco he had taken a bribe for his World Cup vote.

After Qatar came up short in the first rounds of voting, Grondona and Teixeira cornered Leoz in a restroom, Burzaco said.

"They shook him up".

A month later, Grondona received 1 million from Teixeira for voting for Qatar, Burzaco said. During a break, he and Teixeria then pulled Leoz aside to "shake him up" and ask: "What the hell are you doing?"

The defendants are just three of the 42 officials and marketing executives, not to mention three companies, indicted in an exhaustive 236-page complaint detailing 92 separate crimes and 15 corruption schemes to the tune of 200 million.

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