Chuck Blazer has admitted he accepted bribes in selecting South Africa as 2010 World Cup host nation. He also admitted FIFA officials were involved in wrongdoing ahead of 1998 World Cup, which was eventually held in France. Blazer is currently lying ill in a New York hospital suffering from cancer . READ: Interpol places two former FIFA officials including Jack Warner on its most wanted list . David Beckham believes it’s time for change following Sepp Blatter’s exit
MailOnline Reports that FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer has admitted taking bribes to vote for both the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.
The American also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and accepting bribes and kickbacks connected to five Gold Cups — the North and Central American confederation’s flagship tournament.
This damning admission of criminal activity on FIFA’s executive was contained in Blazer’s plea-bargain testimony given to the FBI in November 2013 but made public for the first time on Wednesday night.
Chuck Blazer (left, pictured with Sepp Blatter) has admitted he accepted bribes during his time as an executive
FIFA whistleblower Blazer has revealed there was wrongdoing ahead of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups
Blazer revealed all during a 2013 hearing in US District Court but the transcript has only just been released
Here’s what Blazer said on selecting South Africa as worthy hosts of the 2010 World Cup
Blazer also admitted that he accepted a bribe regarding the selection of the host nation for the 98 World Cup
Blazer, who is currently lying ill in a New York hospital, revealed the information on November 25, 2013
A small section of Blazer’s evidence regarding bribes has been redacted by the US Courthouse
Blazer acted as a cooperating witness in the investigation which led to the arrests of 14 officials
It came just 24 hours after the resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter amid criminal investigations in America and Switzerland. The 2018 World Cup in Russia has also come under threat as the FBI are now investigating how the country was awarded the tournament, along with Qatar in 2022.
Part of Blazer’s evidence is redacted, suggesting further evidence involving the FIFA hierarchy is being kept back.
The 70-year-old, now seriously ill in a New York hospital with cancer and pneumonia, admits: ‘During my association with FIFA and CONCACAF, among other things I and others agreed that I or a co-conspirator would commit at least two acts of racketeering activity.
‘I agreed with others in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup. I and others on the FIFA executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup. – MAILONLINE
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