FIFA whistle-blower Chuck Blazer passes away at 72

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Former FIFA executive committee member, Chuck Blazer who pleaded guilty to racketeering, wire fraud, and money laundering, has passed away at the age of 72. Blazer’s testimonies in 2013 were instrumental in the investigation of the FIFA corruption scandal which led to the resignation of then FIFA president, Sepp Blatter.

The announcement of the former FIFA executive’s death was made by his lawyers, who stated that Blazer died of rectal cancer which he had suffered for years.

Blazer was the general secretary of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) from 1990 to 2011. In 2013, Blazer pleaded to guilty, stating that several FIFA officials including himself, had accepted bribes in the bidding process for the 1998 World Cup in France and the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

As part of his guilty plea, Blazer agreed to cooperate with investigating authorities in the United States, which led to a full investigation into corruption in FIFA and the subsequent resignation of Sepp Blatter. Blazer himself was banned for life from all football activities by FIFA.