FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer dead at 72

first_imgCHUCK Blazer, the former executive of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), whose revelations of corruption within football’s world governing body FIFA helped bring down its long-serving president, has died.He was 72.Blazer, who was said to be ailing from diabetes-related illness, coronary artery disease and rectal cancer, was banned from football for life in 2015 following his admission that he and other members of the FIFA executive accepted bribes to vote for the hosts of the 1998 World Cup in France and South Africa in 2010.His revelations subsequently opened investigations into suspected corruption that eventually brought down FIFA president Sepp Blatter and other powerful members of the football’s world governing body.For more than two decades, Blazer and former CONCACAF president Jack Warner transformed the confederation into a global powerhouse, significantly helping to grow the sport in the confederation.Media reports said that in part through Blazer’s efforts FIFA chose the U.S. to host the 1994 World Cup. He was named to FIFA’s powerful executive committee in 1997, and he remained there until 2013.last_img read more