3 Jun 2015

Chuck Blazer admits World Cup bribes

Court documents released tonight show for the first time – in his own words – the admission of guilt of one of Fifa’s former top executives to accepting bribes.

A transcript of a hearing in 2013 was unsealed by a New York court, and shows the former head of CONCACAF – Chuck Blazer – admitting to accepting and facilitating bribes, as well as tax evasion.

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He says: “I and others agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup.”

He also admits to the judge:

“I and others agreed to accept bribes and kickbacks in conjunction with the broadcast and other rights to the 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003 Gold Cups.”

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Chuck Blazer was a Fifa executive committee member from 1996 to 2013 and was general secretary of CONCACAF for 21 years until he left in 2011 amid allegations of corruption.

As well as these bribery schemes, Mr Blazer admits facilitating the acceptance of a bribe in connection with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup.

In the Department of Justice document released last week that details the charges against Chuck Blazer, this was the passage that outlined Blazer’s role in the 1998 World Cup bribery:

“While in Morocco, BLAZER was present when a representative of the Moroccan bid committee offered a bribe payment to Co-Conspirator #1 in exchange for Co-Conspirator #l’s agreement to cast his secret ballot on the Fifa executive committee for Morocco to host the 1998 World Cup. Co-Conspirator #1 accepted the offer”

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We don’t know for sure who the mysterious Co-Conspirator Number 1 is, but we are putting one and one together. And the Department of Justice know who it is, and doing their own calculations about who knew what when, before they make their next moves in an investigation that is only growing.

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One reader comment

  1. Philip Edwards says:

    Kylie,

    You’ll like this.

    Blazer had his photograph taken with the Pope, Bobby Charlton, Pele, Franz Beckenbauer, Bill Clinton, Nelson Mandela and a whole host of other “celebrities.”

    But guess who the crackpot Daily Mail chose to feature in his photographs………….that’s right……….it’s Vladimir Putin!
    :-)

    Meantime, you can bet their bottom dollar the main target of this will be World Cup Russia 2018. Makes a nice propaganda move alongside reports of increased military action in the West-instigated Ukraine civil war. Funny too how all the media reports on the current saga are placed next to anti-Russia muck.

    If you want to see a sickening relevant sight, check out the interview with Nuland from the State Department on tonight’s C4 News – a rictus-grinning woman I wouldn’t trust to pass me the salt.

    There’s no question of FIFA’s corruption. Equally, there’s no question what the Yanks are up to. They tried (and failed with) the same thing with the Sochi Winter Olympics. Funny too how the serpent’s egg was laid in the USA.

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