Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Chuck Blazer!

Throw Jacket! Castaside Cardigan! Fling Overcoat!

Ah, I know it'll've been said a million times before, but Chuck Blazer really does have a great name, doesn't he? "The Adventures of Chuck Blazer" would be a great name for a young adult fiction novel.

Anyway, the Chuck Blazer under discussion here (longtime FIFA executive committee member and the one whose testimony much of the FBI investigation hinges) is now apparently blowing his whistle very loud and very long. Here we go:

"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"

"in and around 1993 and continuing through the early 2000s, I and others agreed to take bribes and kickbacks in conjunction with the broadcast and other rights to the 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2003 [CONCACAF] Gold Cups" (the Gold Cup being the CONCACAF equivalent of the Euros, or Africa Cup of Nations)


"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"

and it's still ongoing.

If he's not bullshitting (why would he, this is a plea bargain) it looks even worse than I'd thought. I mean, I've always assumed that financial chicanery has been going on within FIFA and the IOC to a certain degree since the year dot, but this is making it look about as bad as it could be.

Edit: this Chuck Blazer blog must be some sort of elaborate hoax, mustn't it?

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