Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies aged 72

  • Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies aged 72

Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies aged 72

Corrupt football official-turned-whistleblower Chuck Blazer, whose evidence helped trigger the FIFA bribery scandal, died Wednesday, his lawyers said.

For 21 years, Blazer was the literal and figurative partner in crime of CONCACAF president Jack Warner, who is allegedly so corrupt that he took Haitian quake relief money.

By 1997, Blazer had moved the confederation's headquarters into Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Midtown Manhattan and had been elected to one of CONCACAF's three seats on FIFA's ruling executive committee.

Blazer plead guilty to tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering. Chuck felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions.

All during this time, Blazer had been suffering colon cancer. "Sorry about all the issues regarding Federation Internationale de Football Association, but he was a good man", USA men's national team Coach Bruce Arena said Wednesday, per The Associated Press.

He was a close confidante of former CONCACAF President Jack Warner, who is also facing charges in the United States related to the scandal. In 1990, he and Warner signed a contract between CONCACAF and a company called Sportvertising that Blazer recently had formed.

The finest hour of his "empire", Blazer moved through the world in a private jet, walked the streets of NY in an imposing all-terrain vehicle Hummer paid for by Concacaf and rented two huge apartments, one for his... cats, his great passion. "His misconduct, for which he accepted full responsibility, should not obscure Chuck's positive impact on worldwide soccer", Mulligan said in an emailed statement to CNN.

While some sports executives try to shirk the limelight, Blazer relished the status gained through his 16 years on FIFA's executive committee until 2013.

Blazer was also known for his eccentricity.

Chuck Blazer helped uncover corruption within his own organization.

His health had been declining for years, and when a New York Times reporter visited him in the hospital two years ago he only reportedly mouthed "I can't talk". He did a lot for the sport. He reportedly had one apartment in Trump Tower for himself and another just for his cats.

The "Fifagate" eventually led to the iconic president of the worldwide body, Joseph Blatter, re-elected for a fifth term in June 2015, to leave a few months later the position he had held since 1998. "With Chuck's guidance and leadership, CONCACAF transformed itself from impoverished to profitable".