Ex-FIFA exec. admits of taking bribe

A former executive committee member
of football’s global governing body FIFA
told a US judge in 2013 that he took
bribes in connection with the 1998 and
2010 World Cups, according to a partial
release of his testimony.

US prosecutors on Wednesday
unsealed the transcript of the 2013
hearing in US District Court in New York
during which Chuck Blazer agreed to
plead guilty of racketeering and other
charges. Blazer said: “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.”

The former No 2 official of football in
North and Central America and the
Caribbean also said he arranged bribes
around 1992 in the vote for which
country would host the 1998 World
Cup. Blazer, a US citizen, secretly pleaded guilty to 10 criminal counts in federal court in New York as part of an
agreement with US prosecutors,
according to the transcript of the
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