FIFAgate: Two television executives stand trial for football corruption in New York

The trial of two former executives of the US television company Fox Sports and the Argentine agency Full Play has opened in New York.

Hernan López and Carlos Martinez have pleaded not guilty to charges of corruption, bank fraud and money laundering, as part of the so-called FIFAgate scandal.

The US court alleges that between 2005 and 2015, the defendants “paid bribes and annual bribes” to CONMEBOL officials in exchange for lucrative broadcasting rights.

They also allegedly obtained inside information to secure US broadcast rights for matches in the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

The case is part of the so-called ‘FIFAgate’ corruption scandal that rocked world football’s governing body in 2015, and cost then-FIFA president Sepp Blatter his job.

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