Friday, 21 July, 2017

Disgraced Ex-FIFA Executive Chuck Blazer Has Died At 72

Chuck Blazer Former top football official Chuck Blazer whose evidence to US investigators helped trigger the FIFA corruption scandal has died. AFP
Heather Davidson | 14 July, 2017, 00:47

A New York Daily News article reported that Blazer was "gravely ill" with the disease.

Blazer had accused another former CONCACAF president, Jack Warner, of having pocketed funds from a $10m project to support the African diaspora in Caribbean countries at the time of South Africa's successful bid to stage the 2010 World Cup.

The eccentric bon vivant who once strode across the global stage being flattered by sport and political leaders eager to capture his World Cup hosting vote died in disgrace on Wednesday at age 72.

Mr Blazer served as a government informant in helping uncover the corruption within the soccer governing body.

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.

As part of the 2013 plea agreement, Blazer agreed to cooperate with investigating authorities in the United States while they investigated the Federation Internationale de Football Association corruption scandal, which eventually played a crucial role in the departure of its former president, Sepp Blatter.

By December 2011, US federal law enforcement officials approached Blazer on the street outside Trump Tower and presented him with their evidence of his tax evasion and wire fraud, including Caribbean bank accounts and other malfeasance.

"Chuck hoped to help bring transparency, accountability and fair play to CONCACAF, FIFA and soccer as a whole", his lawyers said in a statement announcing his death.

Warner continues to fight extradition from his native Trinidad and Tobago but even he is not the highest-profile figure to have been directly or indirectly affected by Blazer's evidence.

Blazer, a large, bearded figure, was involved in USA soccer for years.

"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!"

"Chuck felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions".

When he wasn't traveling the world, Blazer was cutting deals from an office and apartment in Trump Tower where he lived a chaotic life surrounded by cats and a pet parrot.

Chuck Blazer's official cause of death is rectal cancer, according to The New York Times.

"Chuck also accepted responsibility for his own conduct by pleading guilty and owning up to his mistakes".

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