Chuck Blazer, who touched off soccer scandal, dead at 72

Chuck Blazer, former Fifa official turned whistleblower, dies aged 72

Chuck Blazer, former Fifa official turned whistleblower, dies aged 72

The cause of his death, at the age of 72, is not yet clear, but in 2013 he told a court he had rectal cancer, diabetes and coronary artery disease.

The official served on Fifa's executive committee from 1997-2013, during which time he pocketed millions to fund a globe-trotting VIP lifestyle.

The ban was announced by FIFA's ethics committee for his "many acts of misconduct" at FIFA and as general secretary of the CONCACAF confederation after Blazer pleaded guilty in the United States court to charges of football-related corruption, including accepting bribes to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

"His misconduct, for which he accepted full responsibility, should not obscure Chuck's positive impact on worldwide soccer", the statement added.

Chuck Blazer, the disgraced American soccer executive whose admissions of corruption set off a global scandal that ultimately toppled FIFA President Sepp Blatter, died Wednesday. In an exposé by the New York Daily News, it was revealed that Blazer had a $18,000 apartment for himself in Trump Tower and a $6,000-a-month adjoining pad for his cats. About half have pleaded guilty to date, with some set to stand trial this year and more than a dozen indicted defendants remaining out of the reach of the American authorities. Blazer was also the CONCACAF general secretary from 1990 to 2011.

Mr. Blazer was so proficient at collecting commissions as a soccer official that he was given the nickname Mr. 10 Percent. "With Chuck's guidance and leadership, CONCACAF transformed itself from impoverished to profitable".

In his 2013 testimony, Blazer admitted to conspiring with other FIFA Executive Committee members to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of 1998 and 2010 World Cup hosts.

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

FIFA had opened an ethics investigation over bribes-for-votes allegations in the 2011 FIFA presidential election after Blazer reported a possible case of bribery in the election campaign between Blatter and then FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.

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

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