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Argentine Lawyer Implicated in FIFA Scandal Commits Suicide

BUENOS AIRES – An attorney implicated in the corruption scandal that rocked FIFA, soccer’s world governing body, took his own life by throwing himself in front of an oncoming train, Argentine police said.

Jorge Delhon, 52, was found dead on the tracks late Tuesday in the Buenos Aires suburb of Lanus.

The conductor told police he saw a figure running across the tracks in the direction of the train.

The lawyer killed himself after Argentine media outlets reported on testimony before a US court that Delhon was a conduit for bribes paid to FIFA to secure broadcasting rights to World Cup.

Alejandro Burzaco, former CEO of Argentine marketing firm Torneos y Competencias (TyC), said under oath that his company paid a total of $4 million to Delhon and Alejandro Paladino, head of a since-scrapped government program that required domestic first-division soccer matches to be available on free television.

“FIFAgate” erupted in May 2015, when soccer executives gathered in Zurich for the FIFA congress were arrested at their hotel in a joint operation by Swiss and US police.

Under a December 2016 deal with the US Justice Department, TyC agreed to pay $113 million in fines after admitting to having paid bribes to secure the Argentine broadcast rights for the 2018, 2022, 2026 and 2030 World Cups.

TyC also pledged to continue cooperating with the investigation and to enhance its internal financial controls.

Burzaco pleaded guilty to money-laundering and wire fraud and paid a fine of $21.6 million.

 

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