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FIFA whistleblower says he accepted bribes for South Africa World Cup

Chuck Blazer
Chuck Blazer

FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer has admitted to accepting bribes for the the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup.

The former American former soccer administrator, who held a number of high level positions, was a FIFA Executive Committee member from 1996 to 2013.

"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" in a testimony published by the United States Department of Justice.

"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 a testimony published by the United States Department of Justice.His comments come as former England captain David Beckham has blasted FIFA over the "despicable" corruption allegations which led to the resignation of Sepp Blatter as president of world soccer's governing body.

The former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder, who was a major figure in England's failed bid to host the 2018 World Cup, issued a strongly-worded statement on Wednesday calling for major change at FIFA.

"Some of the things that we now know happened were despicable, unacceptable and awful for the game that we love so much," Beckham told Sky Sports.

"Football is not owned by a few individuals at the top, it belongs to the millions of people around the world who love this sport.

"It is time for FIFA to change and we should all welcome it."

Blatter unexpectedly announced on Tuesday that he was quitting as FIFA president, just four days after he was re-elected to a fifth term.