Chuck Blazer, former CONCACAF general secretary and FIFA Executive Committee member, is dead at the age of 72.
Statement from Blazer lawyer addresses misconduct, ‘for which he accepted full responsibility,’ head on. Expresses his ‘sorrow & regret.’ pic.twitter.com/kAiTluEKyB
— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) July 13, 2017
His career began with laying the foundations for modern day American soccer, and ended in allegations of bribery, fraud, and general corruption. He suffered from rectal cancer, diabetes, and a coronary artery disease.
Blazer began working with the U.S. Soccer Federtion in 1984, when he was elected executive vice president in charge of international competition, where he helped boost the reputation of the U.S. Men’s National Team by adding many more games to their schedule. He was a major player in the USA’s campaign to host the 1994 World Cup and helped form the U.S. Women’s National Team in 1985.
He also founded the short lived American Soccer League in 1986.
He was elected CONCACAF general secretary in 1990 and held that post until 2011. He was a FIFA Executive Committee member from 1996 to 2013. It was during that tenure that he and former CONCACAF president Jack Warner were accused of bribery and fraud, which eventually got him banned from the game on July 9, 2015.
He did serve as an informant in the American-led FIFA investigation when he clandestinely recorded meetings with other corrupt FIFA executives. His finances had been the subject of an FBI investigation at the time of his death.