Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower dies aged 72

Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower dies aged 72

Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower dies aged 72

Blazer brought the World Cup to the United States for the first time in 1994 and later became a member of the FIFA Executive Committee.

In his 2013 testimony, Blazer admitted to conspiring with other FIFA Executive Committee members to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of 1998 and 2010 World Cup hosts.

While FIFA banned Blazer in 2015, he had in fact cut a deal to work with investigators years earlier, taking recording devices into meetings to help build a case against corrupt officials across the globe.

Blazer's lawyers Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan announced his death on Wednesday.

Chuck Blazer was making serene progress on his mobility scooter along New York's Fifth Avenue when decades as soccer's notorious "Mr 10 per cent" came to an abrupt end and led to the exposure of the rotten core of football's global administration. In 1988, he and Clive Toye, who had brought Pele to the United States as the general manager of the New York Cosmos, formed the American Soccer League. "With Chuck's guidance and leadership, CONCACAF transformed itself from impoverished to profitable". "Sorry about all the issues regarding Federation Internationale de Football Association, but he was a good man", USA men's national team Coach Bruce Arena said Wednesday, per The Associated Press.

A 2013 report by CONCACAF's integrity committee said Blazer had received more than $20.6 million in commissions, fees and rental payments from the organisation between 1996 to 2011.

The only comment was from US national team coach Bruce Arena via the federation's Twitter account: "I'm sorry for the passing of Chuck Blazer I know his family and I pass along my condolences to them". "Chuck also accepted responsibility for his own conduct by pleading guilty and owning up to his mistakes". Charges also included racketeering, wire fraud and income tax evasion.

All during this time, Blazer had been suffering colon cancer. Partly as a result of that, to date more than 40 individuals and entities have been charged, most notably Jack Warner, the notorious former CONCACAF president with whom Blazer worked for years and who has been cited as allegedly one of the biggest culprits in the entire corruption scandal.

Blazer was appointed secretary general and despite inheriting a largely moribund organization with little money, launched the Gold Cup in 1991, the confederation's biennial nations championship that eventually generated tens of millions of dollars.

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