Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies at 72

Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies at 72

Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies at 72

Chuck Blazer, the man who made millions promoting global soccer before becoming a key figure in a worldwide corruption case, has died at age 72, according to his lawyer.

He was a member of Fifa's ruling executive council until 2013 and served as general secretary at Concacaf, the North American football association, for 21 years.

He agreed to cooperate to provide evidence for the larger investigation from 2011 and in 2013 pleaded guilty to multiple charges that included money laundering and wire fraud conspiracy.

CONCACAF accused Blazer of misusing confederation funds to pay for his Trump Tower apartment, residences in Miami where the organization had a satellite office, vacation homes in the Caribbean and a H2 Hummer.

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.

Blazer urged Warner to run for president of CONCACAF in 1990.

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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.

He helped develop the game in the United States and then across his confederation.

Chuck Blazer leaves behind a complex legacy to football. "With Chuck's guidance and leadership, CONCACAF transformed itself from impoverished to profitable".

A separate CONCACAF investigation report released in 2013 said Blazer "misappropriated CONCACAF funds to finance his personal lifestyle", causing the organization to "subsidize rent on his residence in the Trump Tower in NY; purchase apartments at the Mondrian, a luxury hotel and residence in Miami; sign purchase agreements and pay down payments on apartments at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas". The only acknowledgement of Blazer's death by U.S. Soccer was a comment in a news conference by national team coach Bruce Arena.

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". He did a lot for the sport.

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