MEXICO CITY: A senior executive of one of the broadcasting giants accused of bribery in the FIFAGate trial has been murdered in Mexico writes KEIR RADNEDGE.
Adolfo Lagos Espinosa was corporate vice-president of Mexican TV giant Televisa which has denied any wrongdoing in the international football corruption case.
First reports said that Lagos was ambushed and shot dead by a group of attackers who burst out of bushes as he was cycling near Teotihuacan, north-weast of Mexico City.
Lagos, after a long career in banking, had joined Televisa in 2013 as vice-president of telecommunications and was responsible for the expansion of the company’s cable and telecoms division.
He also managed the development of the company’s pay-TV operations.
The allegations concerning Televisa, a major player in football broadcasting in the Americas, came from Alejandro Burzaco, former ceo of Argentinian agency TyC.
Other companies named by Burzaco included Fox Sports, Globo (Brazil), MediaPro (Spain), Full Play (Argentina) and Traffic (Brazil).
All have denied paying bribes for the rights to matches in the World Cup and/or South American international tournaments.
Televisa played a significant role in winning host rights for Mexico to the 1970 and 1986 World Cups and supporting the staging operations.
Last Tuesday Argentinian lawyer Jorge Alejandro Delhon, who had been identified directly by Burzaco as having received bribes, committed suicide by jumping in front of a train in Buenos Aires.