What's Happening: The FIFA Scandal Spreads
Yesterday’s focus was on FIFA’s future: how the corrupt organization would reform itself, and who would succeed Sepp Blatter as president.
But revelations today bring new attention to FIFA’s not-so-distant past. The Justice Department has released details from FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer’s plea deal. In 2013, Blazer told a U.S. Court that he and other members of the FIFA executive committee had “agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup.” Blazer also said bribery helped France win the right the host the 1998 World Cup.
Who Is Chuck Blazer?
Chuck Blazer is a CONCACAF general secretary who was once famous in the soccer world for his expensive tastes. Facing racketeering and other charges, Blazer has become a cooperating witness in the FIFA investigation. While details on the new bribery allegations are still scarce, more are likely to be revealed in the coming weeks.
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