Washington - Charles "Chuck" Blazer pleaded guilty in 2013 to
bribery in connection with the FIFA votes that gave the 1998 Soccer World
Cup to France and the 2010 event to South Africa, according to a US
federal court document unsealed on Wednesday.
His guilty plea in a Brooklyn federal courtroom was kept secret for
two years so that he could apparently testify before a grand jury
against some of the nine FIFA officials and five others indicted last
week in the United States in an investigation of bribery and
corruption in the world football organization.
Blazer pleaded guilty to accepting bribes and kickbacks in
conjunction with five Gold Cup tournaments held between 1996 and 2003
by the regional Central America and Caribbean Association Football
He served as CONCACAF general secretary from 1990-2011.