A former Argentine football official has reportedly committed suicide after he was accused of bribe-taking in testimony to a trial of top former FIFA figures in New York, AFP reports.
Jorge Delhon threw himself under a train in a Buenos Aires suburb on Tuesday, Argentine newspapers Clarin and La Nacion reported on their websites.
A sports marketing executive, Alejandro Burzaco, had testified in the trial Tuesday that Delhon and another man, Pablo Paladino, took millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for rights to broadcast football games.
Burzaco, the first witness in the trial, painted a damning picture of corruption in South American football, saying millions of dollars in bribes were paid for TV rights to major tournaments.
Burzaco, the former chairman of an Argentine sports marketing company, pleaded guilty in November 2015 to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies and agreed to pay $ 21.6m in restitution.
In US federal court, he detailed how his Torneos y Competencias S.A. company paid bribes to South American Football Confederation executives for more than a decade to secure television rights to major tournaments.
Payments were sent by wire transfer to Swiss bank accounts or passed on as cash “in bags or envelopes,” Burzaco added.
Fox Pan American Sports, part of 21st Century Fox, Brazil’s TV Globo, Argentine group Full Play and Spain’s MediaPro were among those who paid – all partners of Torneos y Competencias.
Fox Sports’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, did not immediately respond to a request to comment.
The FIFA corruption trial began Monday, two and a half years after the United States unveiled the largest graft scandal in the history of world football.