Ex-FIFA executive admits bribes for 1998, 2010 World Cups

Former FIFA executive committee member official Charles Blazer admits to accepting bribes for selection of 1998 and 2010 World Cup host countries

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The US Justice Department has published the testimony of former FIFA executive committee member Charles Blazer where he admits to have received bribes for allocation of 1998 France and 2010 South Africa World Cups.

Blazer, who pleaded guilty to 10 accounts of crimes in the US in November 2013, played an important role in Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)’s corruption probe into FIFA explaining his and other officials roles.

“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,” Blazer said in his testimony.

“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.”

Blazer was a FIFA executive committee member from 1997 to 2013 representing the US and North and Central America, and Caribbean Football Confederation (CONCACAF).

He also served as the general secretary of the CONCACAF and executive vIce president of US Soccer Federation.

The revelation came just a day after FIFA President Sepp Blatter resigned his post four days after being reelected for a fifth term at the helm of world football.

TRTWorld and agencies