Federal prosecutors on Wednesday released a transcript of investigators’ 2013 interview with Chuck Blazer, a former FIFA executive committee member and a key player in the ongoing corruption investigation into international soccer’s governing body.
In the 40-page document, Blazer tells the court that he and other members of the FIFA executive committee took bribes between 2004 and 2011 and helped South Africa land the 2010 World Cup.
Blazer also describes taking bribes for his influence in awarding the 1998 World Cup to France.
“During my association with FIFA and CONCACAF, among other things, I and others agreed that I or a co-conspirator would commit at least two acts of racketeering activity,” he says in the court document.
Blazer, 70, pleaded guilty in 2013 to conspiracy to commit racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering, income tax evasion and failure to report foreign bank accounts, authorities have said. His guilty plea was recently unsealed after 14 more people were indicted in the United States in connection with the massive scandal.
At one point, Blazer was the No. 2 man in the soccer governing organization for the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF). He had amassed $11 million in unreported income, said Richard Weber, director of the IRS Criminal Investigation Division.
Once the government cornered him with the tax evasion allegations, Blazer reportedly wore a hidden microphone to record other soccer officials at the 2012 London Olympics.
Blazer left CONCACAF in 2011 and FIFA two years later.