Former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer has admitted to accepting bribes over the selection of the 1998 and 2010 World Cup’s.
In a 40-page document released on Wednesday, Blazer told the courts that he and other FIFA executives took bribes to help South Africa secure hosting rights for the 2010 World Cup.
He also admitted to helping facilitate a bribe in connection to the 1998 World Cup bid process, which was eventually won by France.
“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,” Blazer’s testimony read according to Reuters.
“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.
“Among other things, my actions described above had common participants and results.
“I and others, while acting in our official capacities, agreed to participate in a scheme to defraud FIFA and CONCACAF of the right to honest services by taking undisclosed bribes.”
The American also admitted to not paying income tax between 2005 and 2010.
Blazer held a position of FIFA’s executive committee between 1996 and 2013, and the news comes just a day after the shock resignation of FIFA president Sepp Blatter.