Dis­graced ex-Fifa of­fi­cial Blazer dies

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NEW YORK: Chuck Blazer, the former FIFA ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­ber who pleaded guilty to rack­e­teer­ing, wire fraud and money laun­der­ing, has died, his lawyers said.

A state­ment from Blazer’s two lawyers did not pro­vide de­tails or the cir­cum­stances of his death. The New York Times re­ported he had died of rec­tal can­cer, which he had suf­fered for years.

Blazer, 72, was gen­eral sec­re­tary of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of North, Cen­tral Amer­ica and Caribbean As­so­ci­a­tion Foot­ball (CON­CA­CAF) from 1990 to 2011.

He pleaded guilty in the United States to bribery and fi­nan­cial of­fences in 2013 and was later banned by FIFA from all foot­ball ac­tiv­i­ties for life.

Ac­cord­ing to the tran­script of his Novem­ber 2013 guilty plea, Blazer and oth­ers in FIFA agreed to ac­cept bribes in the bid­ding process for the 1998 World Cup in France and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

FIFA’s ethics com­mit­tee said Blazer breached rules on loy­alty, con­fi­den­tial­ity, duty of dis­clo­sure, con­flicts of in­ter­est, of­fer­ing and ac­cept­ing gifts, and bribery and cor­rup­tion.

As part of the 2013 plea agree­ment, Blazer agreed to co­op­er­ate with in­ves­ti­gat­ing au­thor­i­ties in the US on the FIFA cor­rup­tion scan­dal, which even­tu­ally played a cru­cial role in the de­par­ture of former pres­i­dent, Sepp Blat­ter.

FIFA ex­pressed its con­do­lences to Blazer’s fam­ily­but made no fur­ther com­ment on how Blazer’s death would im­pact the cor­rup­tion probe. – Reuters

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