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Yes, we collected bribes-FIFA Exec confesses

Yes, we collected bribes-FIFA Exec confesses

Chuck Blazer, a one-time top United States soccer official and former Executive Member of the world football ruling body, FIFA has revealed that bribery was rampant in the organisation.

He stated that in his opinion there were bribes during the bids for to determine the host of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

Blazers shocking admission was contained in papers filed in a criminal case against him which was released on Wednesday.

Blazer reportedly made the admission when he pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges that included racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and income tax evasion.

According to Blazer “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 pleaded guilty in 2013.

Other papers filed in the case say that it was the Morocco bid committee that bribed Mr. Blazer. He also said that “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,” and that he “and others agreed to accept bribes and kickbacks in conjunction with the broadcast and other rights” to several Gold Cups, a regional championship in which the United States competes”

This confession further stains the image of FIFA which has taken a serious hit in the last couple of months.

Now Speculations are rife that Blatter who is now under serious scrutiny to ascertain his Involvement may be charged. And in fact it is the fear of such an embarrassing situation  that prompted his decision to step down from the Presidency.

 

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