The image of the Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 broadcaster in France is cracking a little more. Mediapro has publicly acknowledged bribes paid to Fifa by former employees to secure World Cup TV rights.
And here is the “Fifagate” back, through Mediapro. Its co-founder Jaume Roures, forced by the justice of New York, admitted in a press release embezzlement in his company. Former officials had paid bribes to Fifa members to secure TV rights for the World Cup, El Mundo Deportivo said.
The Spanish daily goes on to write that Mediapro, via its holding company Imagina (itself owned by the Chinese group Orient Hontai Capital), was ordered in 2018 to pay a fine of more than 20 million euros. The press release specifies that the bribes were intended for “the purchase of audiovisual rights for the qualifying phase in the regions of Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) for the 2014, 2018 and 2022 Football World Cups, in violation of United States law ”.
‼ Mediapro reconeix haver bribe FIFA
⚽ The empresa of Jaume Roures admits el pagament a alts càrecs de l’òrgan futbolístic to obtain els drets televisius dels Mundials del 2014, 2018 i 2022https: //t.co/Z5ZnTImkS1
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In agreement with the American investigators of “Fifagate”, the fact of making public this “criminal behavior” (as one can read in the press release) and the payment of 20 million euros, stopped the lawsuits against Imagina.
With these new revelations, Mediapro sees its notoriety a little more weakened whereas it knows big financial problems to honor the contract concluded with the LFP within the framework of the diffusion of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2. Canal + could resume part of his rights.