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Former FIFA Executive Committee member admits taking bribes

Corruption in FIFA exists. It was confirmed by Chuck Blazer, the former FIFA Executive Committee member.

Former FIFA Executive Committee member admits taking bribes

Corruption in FIFA exists. It was confirmed by Chuck Blazer, the former FIFA Executive Committee member, who told about the fact of bribery during the election of the host country for the World Cup 2010, Joinfo.ua reports.

"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," BBC quotes Blazer. He also said that from 1993 to 2000 he had received bribes for the purchase of broadcast rights.

However, Fikile Mbalula, the South African sports minister, rejected accusations of bribery.

"We therefore wish to categorically deny that our country and government have bribed anyone to win the rights for the 2010 FIFA World Cup," Mbalulu said.

Also, according to Blazer, he assisted in the transfer of bribes when choosing a host country for the World Cup in 1998. But back then bribery did not work: money was transferred to Morocco but it was France that was chosen.

In addition, Venezuela's military intelligence searched the headquarters of the Football Federation of FVF within the investigation that began after the arrest of Rafael Esquivel, the former president of the organization, in Zurich.

Also, the General Prosecutor's Office with the support of President Nicolas Maduro froze Esquivel's accounts with money from bribes.

It should be noted that the FBI has launched the investigation into the circumstances of granting Russia the right to host the World Cup 2018.

On May 27 in Zurich, several high-ranking FIFA officials were detained on suspicion of corruption, including FIFA vice-president Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, Eduardo Lee, Julio Roca, Costas Takkas, Rafael Esquivel, and Jose Maria Marin. A number of officials were charged, including Jack Warner, the former president of CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football) and FIFA Vice President in the recent past, as well as Nicolas Leoz.

Arrested FIFA executives were issued the indictment under 47 articles.

It should be recalled that Republican Senator John McCain and Democrat Robert Menendez sent an open letter to the FIFA Congress urging to refrain from supporting Sepp Blatter, the incumbent president if the organization, on the forthcoming elections of the president of the organization because of his support of Russia holding 2018 FIFA World Cup.