Ex-FIFA Official Chuck Blazer Admits To Bribes Related To South Africa’s 2010 World Cup

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Former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer admitted in 2013 to accepting bribes related to South Africa’s 2010 World Cup bid, according to court filings released Wednesday.

Blazer, who’s worked with the Department of Justice to single out other FIFA officials in connection to corruption charges, told the Eastern District New York Court that he and others on FIFA’s executive committee agreed to take bribes from South Africa in relation to the country’s World Cup bid. He additionally admitted to taking bribes in connection with France’s 1998 World Cup bid and the broadcast rights to several Gold Cups.

In his guilty plea, Blazer succumbed to charges of racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud and income tax evasion. He had faced up to 20 years in prison before becoming a cooperating witness. Since, Blazer’s helped U.S. law enforcement officials by secretly recording conversations.

You can find the entire court filing here.

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