Key witness in FIFA corruption probe to be sentenced in US

  • Mon, 22 May 2023

Key witness in FIFA corruption probe to be sentenced in US


    A FORMER Argentine businessmen whose testimony contributed to the US convictions of South American soccer officials and a television executive in the sprawling investigation into corruption at FIFA is set to be sentenced on Friday (May 12).

    Alejandro Burzaco, the former head of Argentine sports marketing company Torneos y Competencias, pleaded guilty in 2015 to three counts of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy and money laundering conspiracy and agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in Brooklyn. Neither the details of his plea agreement nor prosecutors’ recommended sentence are public. US district judge Pamela Chen is expected to determine Burzaco’s sentence at a hearing in Brooklyn federal court starting at 9 am EDT (1300 GMT).

    Burzaco, 58, admitted to paying bribes and kickbacks to officials at world soccer governing body Fifa and regional affiliates for marketing rights to tournaments including the World Cup and Copa America. He has also said that Qatar bribed Fifa officials to host the 2022 World Cup, which the Middle Eastern country denies.

    His plea stemmed from a sweeping probe of corruption in global soccer that has resulted in scores of convictions since US and international authorities made their first arrests in 2015.

At a trial in 2017, Burzaco told jurors that he paid bribes to Juan Angel Napout, the former head of South American governing body Conmebol, former Brazilian soccer chief Jose Maria Marin, and former Peru soccer federation president Manuel Burgato to secure rights to matches.

Source==> BBC News