Fifa crisis: Chuck Blazer admits accepting bribes for 1998 and 2010 World Cups

 
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Chuck Blazer with other Fifa officials in 2012 at the organisation's Zurich headquarters (Source: Getty)

Chuck Blazer, a former Fifa official, has admitted that he accepted bribes for World Cup bids.

In his guilty plea in a secret 2013 hearing in New York, Blazer said that he and others on Fifa's executive committee accepted bribes for the 2010 and 1998 World Cups.

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Prosecutors unsealed the transcript of the 2013 hearing to reveal the admission.

It comes in conjunction with the wide-ranging investigation that has been launched by the US, that led to Fifa president Sepp Blatter's resignation.

In his testimony, published by the United States Department of Justice, he said:

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.

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

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