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Federation Internationale de Football Association executive turned whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies aged 72
14 July 2017, 12:46 | Frank Carlson
Chuck Blazer, former Fifa official turned whistleblower, dies aged 72
The burly American, whose admissions of guilt set off the corruption scandal that heaped disgrace on Federation Internationale de Football Association, has died aged 72 after battling cancer and other illnesses, bringing to an end one the most colourful and controversial careers in the history of the sport.
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.
The American, generally credited with helping the US land the 1994 World Cup, had pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion in late 2013.
When he wasn't traveling the world, Blazer was cutting deals from an office and apartment in Trump Tower where he lived a chaotic life surrounded by cats and a pet parrot.
His death was announced by his lawyers, according to the AP. 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.
"Chuck felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions".
Under the terms of the eight-page retainer agreement, Sportvertising would provide CONCACAF with an employee who would carry out the duties of the general secretary.
Banned US football official was at the centre of a global corruption scandal that toppled ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter.
Blazer was found by CONCACAF's Integrity Committee to have received more than $20.6 million (£16 million/€18 million) in commissions, fees and rental payments from the organisation, from the period between 1996 and 2011.
"With Chuck's guidance and leadership, CONCACAF transformed itself from impoverished to profitable, with substantial benefits and improvements to all member associations, players and fans".
"I've known Chuck for a lot of years".
"Chuck also accepted responsibility for his own conduct by pleading guilty and owning up to his mistakes. Sorry about all the issues regarding FIFA", Arena said.
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