Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer has admitted that he took a bribe to award the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and facilitated a bribe for the awarding of the 1998 edition of the tournament, reports talkSPORT.
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This is the latest revelation in the corruption scandal which has enveloped the governing body since the US Department of Justice started investigating it in May. The much criticised Sepp Blatter has already resigned as president, and several officials have been arrested.
Blazer himself was a member of the executive committee between 1996 an 2013, and the General Secretary of the Confederation of North, Central America, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) from 1990 until 2011. As such he was in a position to know many off FIFA’s machinations.
He said: “I agreed with other persons 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.
“Beginning in or around 2004 and continuing through 2011, I and others on the FIFA executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation of the 2010 World Cup.”
The 70-year-old also admitted to taking bribes related to the broadcasting rights of the 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, and 2003 Gold Cups.
These quotes have come from the American’s guilty plea to at least two acts of racketeering, the content of which has been published by the US judiciary system.