By IVES GALARCEP
When Chuck Blazer turned whistleblower on former friend and confidant Jack Warner back in 2011, accusing him and other officials in the CONCACAF region of corruption, you just knew it would eventually lead to the airing of some serious dirty laundry and potentially the downfall of both Blazer and Warner.
The fall hasn’t happened yet, but recent events aren’t looking good for the former CONCACAF bosses.
A recent report by the CONCACAF Integrity Commitee outlined some scandalous claims of embezzlement and fraud, with both Blazer and Warner accused of effectively stealing millions from the coffers of CONCACAF during their time in charge of the region’s soccer confederation.
Among the many scathing charges found in the report are accusations that Warner and Blazer embezzled millions of dollars, and in Blazer’s case, failed to file federal tax returns in the U.S. pertaining to CONCACAF entities he oversaw.
The report raised eyebrows worldwide and could spark investigations by the FBI and IRS against both, while Warner is quickly losing his grip on the considerable power he had built up in Trinidad & Tobago. He recently resigned as national security minister.
What’s next for Blazer and Warner? With federal investigations looming, both men could be facing some serious charges, and potentially criminal proceedings down the road.
What do you make of this mess? Think there’s any way Warner and/or Blazer are innocent? See the current CONCACAF leadership being any less corrupt?
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