It has emerged that Chuck Blazer was an FBI informant.
Chuck Blazer, the former general secretary of, CONCACAF, the organisation that runs football in the Caribbean, North and Central America, was working as an informant for the FBI. Details of his activities have been revealed, as his plea agreement with U.S. authorities have been made public.
Blazer, who is suffering from cancer, agreed to work with the FBI in 2011. In exchange for a guilty plea to charges relating to money laundering, bribery and tax evasion, and in addition to his co-operation, the authorities offered Blazer a far less stringent sentence than might otherwise be proposed. Details of the deal emerged after a judge in the US agreed to unseal an agreement between the authorities and Blazer, after requests were made by five media outlets.
It is another blow to FIFA, who face 18 members being charged with football related corruption. Blazer has admitted to taking bribes to vote for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and alleges that CONCACAF President, Jack Warner, did the same.
In a story that has taken more twists than Martin Scorsese’s film ‘The Departed’, only time will tell how many more there will be before verdicts are reached.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena