Disgraced FIFA official Chuck Blazer has been working undercover with the FBI, it has been revealed.
Blazer was working undercover for the FBI for 18 months while still a member of FIFA’s executive committee, his plea agreement with US justice authorities has revealed.
The 70-year-old struck a deal to become an informant to avoid a potential jail term of up to 75 years after pleading guilty to 10 charges, including bribery, money laundering and tax evasion.
His plea agreement has been made public and confirms he agreed to work undercover from December 2011.
The US justice department last month announced charges against a total of 18 people for alleged involvement in football-related corruption. Blazer and three others have pleaded guilty, while seven FIFA officials arrested in Switzerland on May 27 are contesting extradition to the USA.
The 19-page plea agreement says: “The defendant agrees to furnish to the office all documents and other material that may be relevant to this investigation… and to participate in undercover activities pursuant to the specific instructions of law enforcement agents.”
The agreement does not detail what Blazer’s sentence will be but says his co-operation with the authorities can be taken into account.