Corrupt former Federation Internationale de Football Association official Chuck Blazer dies aged 72, lawyer confirms

FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies aged 72

But Blazer's absence, he said, "is like one brick removed from the wall".

Blazer secretly recorded secret meetings with his then-FIFA colleagues in which the alleged corruption was discussed.

"At one moment, he looked at me with a very serious gaze and said, without cracking a smile, "You know, you look like Karl Marx!" He did a lot for the sport.

USA national team coach Bruce Arena was asked about Blazer's death following the Americans' 3-2 Gold Cup win over Martinique and told reporters: "I'm sorry for the passing of Chuck Blazer". "He helped the sport in the United States". But thanks to his keen administrative skills, he soon moved up the ranks of his son's league and then the association that ran youth soccer in all of eastern NY state. Somehow, he got Brazilian legend Pele to campaign for him. The Gold Cup, as it is known, would be continuously hosted in the United States to ensure profitability.

Blazer urged Warner to run for president of Concacaf in 1990.

But CONCACAF's growth came in spite of rampant graft and corruption, with Blazer a willing participant in bribery and kickback schemes that earned him tens of millions of dollars and the nickname "Mr. 10 Percent". When the Trinidadian won, he made Blazer the general secretary. It also provided an unspecified amount for benefits such as vacation pay, a per diem in addition to reimbursement for travel expenses, and two life insurance policies with Blazer's estate as beneficiaries.

Chuck was apart of the FIFA Executive Committee from 1996 to April 2013. At one stage, Blazer reportedly owned two apartments in Trump Tower, one for himself and another for his cats.

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US government agents stopped him on a Manhattan street, threatened him with arrest, and he became a government informant.

In 2013 he pleaded guilty to bribery, money laundering and tax evasion but agreed to help investigators expose corruption in Federation Internationale de Football Association.

The "Fifagate" eventually led to the iconic president of the global 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.

Arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2011 while he was in his restaurant a NY favorite, he had quickly turned his back on his former friends in the football world, plunging Fifa into a crisis, something big.

Blazer's NY lawyer, Mary Mulligan confirmed his death.

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

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

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