Saturday 22 October 2016

Blazer went deep cover

Chuck Blazer was working undercover for the FBI for 18 months while still a member of FIFA's executive committee, his plea agreement with US justice authorities has revealed.

The 70-year-old struck a deal to become an informant to avoid a potential jail term of up to 75 years after pleading guilty to 10 charges, including bribery, money laundering and tax evasion. His plea agreement has been made public and confirms he agreed to work undercover from December 2011.

Blazer, a FIFA executive committee member from 1997 to 2013, has admitted taking bribes to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup, and named former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner as also taking bribes.

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