fifa crisis Ex-official Chuck Blazer details.The guilty pleas of former top Fifa official Chuck Blazer have been detailed with the release of papers from a 2013 hearing in New York.
He says that he and others on Fifa’s executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the choice of South Africa as 2010 World Cup host. read more
Mr Blazer says he also accepted bribes over the 1998 event.
The US has launched a wide-ranging criminal case that engulfed Fifa and led President Sepp Blatter to resign.
The details of the guilty pleas came as prosecutors unsealed the transcript of the 2013 hearing in the Eastern New York District Court.
fifa crisis Ex-official Chuck Blazer details
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The US prosecutors last week indicted 14 people on charges of bribery, racketeering and money laundering. Four others had already been charged, including Mr Blazer.
The US justice department alleges they accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period.
It was three days before Thanksgiving in 2013. In Zurich, FIFA issued a news release announcing that it was fighting match-fixing, and Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s president, celebrated after a Swiss initiative to cap soccer managers’ pay had failed.
And in Brooklyn, where it was a brisk, dry Monday, Chuck Blazer entered Courtroom 10A South in a wheelchair. After the judge ordered the doors locked and the hallway cleared of lurkers, Mr. Blazer admitted that he had taken bribes from bidders seeking to host the 1998 and 2010 World Cups, and then he uttered the plea that would help lead to corruption chargesagainst top officials of FIFA: guilty.
“Among other things, 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,” Mr. Blazer told Judge Raymond J. Dearie when he entered his plea in 2013 in United States District Court in Brooklyn.