Former FIFA executive committee member, Chuck Blazer, had been secretly providing authorities information since 2011, a Reuters report said on Tuesday.

Blazer was one of four FIFA officials who pleaded guilty in the years before the case was announced on May 27, 2015.

U.S. prosecutors have publicly admitted their 2013 plea agreement with Blazer, which showed that the former FIFA executive committee member had been secretly providing authorities information for nearly two years before he admitted guilt.

Blazer, who had been a FIFA executive committee member from 1997 to 2013, secretly pleaded guilty in November 2013 to 10 counts, including conspiracies to commit racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering.

In a transcript of his plea hearing, Blazer admitted that he and other officials took bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

He also admitted to accepting bribes and kickbacks related to five different editions the Gold Cup between 1996 and 2003, as well as committing tax evasion and working with others to transfer the money between accounts in an effort to conceal the kickback schemes.

Blazer has turned a key witness in the corruption investigations in FIFA, which has led the governing body’s president, Sepp Blatter, to announce his resignation.

Blazer’s secret deal with investigators was revealed by prosecutors after a federal judge in Brooklyn, New York, ordered it unsealed at the request of media outlets following the indictment of nine current and former FIFA officials and five corporate executives.

The document stated that Blazer, the former general secretary of CONCACAF, the governing football body in North and Central America and the Caribbean, began providing prosecutors information around December 2011.

Under the agreement, Blazer provided prosecutors information, turned over any documents he possessed related to the probe, participated in undercover activities and was ready to testify at trial.

The Justice Department had initially opposed making the agreement public, arguing that confirming that Blazer was a cooperating witness would prejudice its investigation and jeopardise his safety.

But U.S. District Judge Raymond Dearie rejected those arguments, saying prosecutors had failed to meet their “high burden” to establish the document should remain sealed.

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