Fifa Corruption: Judge rules plea agreement between 'Supergrass' Chuck Blazer and US Government must be unsealed

Blazer has made a series of revelations regarding he and other Fifa officials taking bribes for the 1998 and 2010 World Cups

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The plea agreement between former Fifa executive member Chuck Blazer and the United States Government must be unsealed, an American judge has ruled.

The New York Times was among a number of media outlets who called for the plea agreement to be made public following the indictment of 14 former and current Fifa officials as part of an investigation into alleged widespread corruption among football’s world governing body.

Authorities rejected the call but a judge has now ruled that it must be unsealed.

 

Blazer is the former general secretary of North American and Caribbean confederation Concacaf, and has been revealed as the “supergrass” that made a string of revelations including how he and other Fifa officials took bribes in connection with the awarding of the 1998 and 2010 World Cup.

According to a court transcript that was been widely reported, US District Judge Raymond J Dearie said: "Because the court concludes that the government has not met its high burden of establishing that continued sealing is necessary to prevent a substantial probability of prejudice to a compelling government interest, the applications to unseal the agreement are granted."

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Former Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer

The order was stayed until Monday, which allowed time for an appeal or for prosecutors to unseal the agreement before the court intervened.

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