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Revealed: Shamed Fifa executive's corruption confession to secret US court

Chuck Blazer has admitted accepting bribes from World Cup bidders. Credit: Reuters

A full transcript of the confession of shamed Fifa official Charles 'Chuck' Blazer has been released by the US justice department - including the startling revelations that he and a number of co-conspirators accepted bribes for two World Cups.

He and others on the executive committee essentially sold their votes when deciding on host nations, the report reveals - including for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa and the 1998 World Cup in France.

Official documents have revealed the extent of charges against Charles Blazer Credit: Reuters

The files record the 68-year-old's guilty pleas to 10 counts, including racketeering, fraud, money laundering and tax evasion, as he raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit funds.

The charges were first revealed last week, as the FBI swooped on a number of other Fifa officials over allegations of corruption - but this is the first time Blazer's words have been revealed in full, as the 2013 hearing was carried out in secret in a locked courtroom.

Blazer served as a Fifa executive committee member from 1997 to 2013, taking part in selecting World Cup host nations as well as serving as general secretary of CONCACAF, the football association for North and Central America, between 1990 and 2011.

Blazer and other accepted bribes toward selecting South Africa for the 2010 competition

In the document - part of which has been heavily redacted - Blazer waives his right to a Grand Jury hearing, and pleads guilty to all 10 federal counts.

In 1992, he and his co-conspirators agreed to accept a bribe from Morocco when deciding the host nation for the 1998 competition - a bid which failed to seal the deal for the African nation, which lost out to France with 10 votes to 14.

Then, when deciding where the 2010 World Cup should be held, he revealed he and a number of others on the executive committee agreed to accept bribes.

Morocco once again put in a bid, offering $1 million for the right - but were outbid, after the South African government offered to pay $10m to a football organisation run by one of the co-conspirators.

Blazer also revealed he had accepted a bribe over the 1998 World Cup

Earlier today, South African leaders denied the claims.

Read: South Africa reject 2010 World Cup bribe claims

Blazer and his co-conspirators smuggled the bribes into the country in the form of a cheque, as well as secret payments through Fifa's own accounts.

Speaking to the secret court - sealed at the request of the US government because of the ongoing investigation - Blazer said:

Among other things, 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.

Beginning in or around 2004 and continuing through 2011, 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.

– Charles Blazer

None of his co-conspirators were mentioned by name in the un-redacted parts of the report.

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