Friday, January 27, 2023

The bribery trial that has rocked MediaPro points to its allies in Argentina

Alleged bribery lawsuit in exchange for football rights in the United States involving the co-founder of MediaPro gerard romey, points to the audiovisual group’s affiliates in Argentina. A repentant man has confirmed that a company in this country paid bulk bribes to federal officials in exchange for broadcasting rights. this signature, full play“have a great relationship” with media proEmphasize knowledgeable sources.

The office of Gerard Romée in Barcelona, ​​former president of Imagina-Mediapro affected by the ‘bribery case’ / CG

All this is happening in New York, where a macro-trial is being followed against former audio-visual sector directors for the alleged payment of kickbacks in exchange for lucrative television rights. He is an accused in the case and is absconding gerard romeyfounder of media pro With Jaume Roures and Tatxo Bennett. In the first days of the process, a postmortem has confirmed that the Argentine company Full Play, “very close” to the Spanish group, paid bribes indiscriminately.

say a ‘pentity’

they verbalize it repent alejandro burzaco, former president of Torneos, one of the largest sports rights companies in South America. In his first appearances – they will continue today on Monday -, Burzacco, a remorseful man who cooperates with the prosecution, has targeted various firms due Bribe For officials of the South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL). These stings guaranteed them the allocation of rights to competitions such as the Copa Libertadores.

always was one of the companies making the illegal payments, according to Burzacco full play, society of Hugo why Mariano Jinkis He promised, asking the manager to “pay up to $90 million” to a group of six corrupt CONMEBOL managers in exchange for handing over the lucrative rights. but burst of fifagate case In 2015 he dishonored the entire payment. “A portion” had been paid, it concluded.

They were ‘friends’ of MediaPro Argentina

There is actually a full play involved in this alleged criminal organization. Sources close to the trial insist that the owner of this banner, Jinkis, was a “close friend” of Mediapro Argentina. Signature RomiRoures y Benet was organized in the country under the name Prom TV and cultivated, the same sources insist, “very good relations with Full Play”.

whatever, jinkis like it gerard romeyThey are discovered and captured in the United States. Two Argentine officials have alleged that they are being tried for tax crimes in Argentina so that they cannot be extradited to the United States. Regarding Romi, the prosecution does not know where he is.

trading with espn

there is more. The same voices keep the brand of Prom TV, media pro In Argentina, he starred in some controversial chapters in the country and the rest of the continent. The biggest of these was the allocation of the rights to the Spanish La Liga to American Channel. ESPN For the period from 2015 to 2020. “La Liga was given to them without an open competition, which hurt the clubs because there was no bidding upstream. They lost income.”

what did he get media pro In all of this, according to these voices? “change. ESPN South America handed over to the group oak production of all TV channels in the region”. Black on white: The agreement was good for the Spanish conglomerate, but “bad” for La Liga clubs.

MediaPro paid; romi is still accused

What does MediaPro say on all this? global chronicle He has asked the group based on Avenida Diagonal in Barcelona without getting an answer. Earlier, MediaPro had distanced itself from the US bribery trial, claiming it was not part of it as it had paid a fine in 2018 that settled its involvement in the case. It is true that the company of Roures and Benet is not part of the process, But one of its founders is: Gérard Romy,

Image Of The Works At The Mediapro Headquarters In Barcelona / Cg

The Imagina Building in Barcelona, ​​Mediapro / CG’s headquarters

and prosecutors in the U.S. I accuse the head of the group, fantasy us, to participate in the criminal ploy that Burzacco apparently described last week, as detailed by this medium. This, the Public Ministry believes, is a wholesale criminal organization in which imagina usGuided by Romi, Voluntarily participated.

They enforce ‘anti-mafia laws’

In fact, the alleged football rights cartel operated in such a severe manner, according to prosecutionwho has applied rico act, Special law to deal with organized crime, The allegation stems from a very harsh indictment that recognized Mediapro’s payment of fines in 2018, but reactivated the process when an allegedly stable criminal structure emerged. All of this, of course, has to be demonstrated before a judge for the Eastern District of New York, Pamela K. Chain,

However, in two public notes, prosecutors highlighted that it had received 27 self-incriminations, four of which were from companies, including one. fantasy us, This Monday, Assistant District Attorney Caitlin T. Farrell will continue to question Burzacco and more details of the case may emerge.

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