Banned former Federation Internationale de Football Association executive Chuck Blazer dies

Banned former Federation Internationale de Football Association executive Chuck Blazer dies

Banned former Federation Internationale de Football Association executive Chuck Blazer dies

A CONCACAF investigation report released in 2013 said Blazer "misappropriated CONCACAF funds to finance his personal lifestyle", causing the organisation to "subsidise 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".

Blazer was CONCACAF's General Secretary from 1990 to 2011.

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.

Chuck Blazer helped uncover corruption within his own organization.

Blazer, a former FIFA executive committee member, was himself banned for life from all football activities in 2015 for accepting bribes in conjunction with bids to host previous football World Cup contests.

The former vice president of US Soccer pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion as part of a web of corruption that spanned several decades.

"We are truly saddened by the passing of our client and friend, Chuck Blazer", a statement from his lawyers read. There he joined forces with Jack Warner, a Trinidadian schoolteacher whom he helped get elected as CONCACAF president, with Blazer serving as his secretary general. 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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Chuck Blazer had been battling cancer up to his death.

For 16 years, Blazer, larger than life both literally and figuratively, strode the corridors of power as one of the most influential figures on FIFA's decision-making executive committee and the number two official in CONCACAF, living an extravagant jet-set lifestyle with a reputation as the ultimate deal-maker.

"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!"

The statement continued: "Chuck felt profound sorrow and regret for his action".

At one point, Chuck had a $6,000 a month apartment at Trump Tower, exclusively for his cats, reports The Washington Post.

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

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