FIFA bans scandal-tainted Blazer for life
ZURICH, July 9
FIFA on Thursday banned for life Chuck Blazer, a central figure in the corruption scandal that has engulfed world football, for taking millions of dollars in bribes.
“Blazer committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF,” said a statement announcing the ban from all football-related activities. “In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, payment and receipt of undisclosed and illegal bribes, kickbacks as well as other money-making schemes.”
The one-time powerbroker of North American football is a former ally of FIFA leader Sepp Blatter who has agreed to step down because of controversy over US and Swiss investigations into the world body. Blazer, 70, has given evidence to US authorities investigating football corruption and is gravely ill in a New York hospital suffering from cancer. Blazer has acknowledged to US investigators that he took more than $11 million in bribes from 2005 to 2010.
Media reports say he gained substantially more during his time running the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football. Blazer was CONCACAF general secretary from 1990 until 2011 when he was forced to step down. He was also a FIFA executive committee member (1996-2013) and a vice president of the US Soccer Federation. As part of his deal with the US authorities, he has agreed not to oppose any ban imposed on him by FIFA or any football governing body.