Fifa imposes a life ban from football on former executive committee member and ex-Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer
Chuck Blazer is an American former soccer administrator. He was a FIFA Executive Committee member from 1996 to 2013, the CONCACAF General Secretary from 1990 to 2011 and Executive Vice President of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
He has been banned from all football-related activities for life by the Ethics Committee of world soccer’s governing body.
On 14 August 2011, it was noted in the British newspaper The Independent that the FBI was examining documentary evidence revealing confidential football payments to offshore accounts operated by Blazer. A couple month later Blazer began working undercover for the FBI . On 19 April 2013, Blazer and Jack Warner were blamed for enormous extortion amid their years as CONCACAF administrators.
A forensic audit by the organization’s Integrity Committee determined that both men had functioned without a written contract from 1998 until their respective departures. They also claimed that Blazer had received $15m in commissions for his services during that duration. Following the investigation Blazer was suspended for 90 days in May 2013.
On November 1, 2014, the New York Daily News reported that Blazer had been a confidential informant for the FBI and the IRS. Blazer was compelled to inform for the FBI and IRS after they uncovered more than 10 years of unpaid taxes on hidden, multi-million dollar incomes.
On May 27, 2015, several FIFA officials were arrested in Zurich, with Blazer having been a key cooperating witness, on charges of racketeering, fraud and money laundering.
Blazer admitted he and others on the executive committee of football’s world governing body agreed to accept bribes in connection with the choice of South Africa as 2010 World Cup hosts.
Earlier Fifa has suspended its investigation into Blazer because of his “ill health” but reopened it in December 2014 and On July 9, 2015 Blazer received a life-time ban from FIFA from all football-related activity.