Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies

Chuck Blazer, former Fifa official turned whistleblower, dies aged 72

Disgraced Ex-FIFA Executive Chuck Blazer Has Died At 72

Mr Blazer was a longtime FIFA executive and leader for CONCACAF, the North American, Central American and Caribbean football alliance.

By 1997, Blazer had moved the confederation's headquarters into Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and had been elected to one of CONCACAF's three seats on FIFA's ruling executive committee.

In 2013, his reputation shattered, a disgraced Blazer pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. He accused Jack Warner, president of Concacaf, and Mohamed bin Hammam, a fellow Federation Internationale de Football Association committee member, of offering $40,000 bribes to voters in the 2011 Federation Internationale de Football Association presidential election.

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It was later revealed that Blazer had a $6,000 month apartment in Trump Tower for his cats.

But Blazer's cooperation and the information he provided ultimately played a huge part in the 2015 arrests of numerous other individuals and a statement from his lawyers upon his death explained that he had "accepted full responsibility" for his past criminal actions. Somewhat stunned by the sight of a fantastically obese man in a motorized mobility scooter barking orders at almost everyone in sight, Conn eventually was given a private audience and Blazer began to regale him with stories of his rise to one of the most powerful men in world soccer, starting with how he helped create one of the defining fads of the early 1970s.

According to ESPNFC, Blazer had rectal cancer, diabetes and coronary artery disease.

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Under the terms of the eight-page retainer agreement, Sportvertising would provide CONCACAF with an employee who would carry out the duties of the general secretary. "With Chuck's guidance and leadership, CONCACAF transformed itself from impoverished to profitable".

A 2013 report by Concacaf's integrity committee said he had received more than $20.6m (£16m) in commissions, fees and rental payments from the organization between 1996 and 2011. "I know his family and I pass along my condolences to them".

"At one moment, he looked at me with a very serious gaze and said, without cracking a smile, "You know, you look like Karl Marx!" His misconduct, for which he accepted full responsibility, should not obscure Chuck's positive impact on global soccer". "But he was a good man".

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