Zurich - FIFA on Thursday banned for life Chuck Blazer, a central figure in
the corruption scandal that has engulfed world football, for taking
millions of dollars in bribes.
"Blazer committed many and
various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time
as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at
FIFA and CONCACAF," said a statement announcing the ban from all
"In his positions as a football
official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer,
acceptance, payment and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments,
bribes and kickbacks as well as other money-making schemes."
one-time powerbroker of North American football is a former ally of FIFA
leader Sepp Blatter who has agreed to step down because of controversy
over US and Swiss investigations into the world body and World Cup
Blazer, 70, has given evidence to US authorities
investigating football corruption and is gravely ill in a New York
hospital suffering from cancer.
Blazer has acknowledged to US investigators that he took more than $11 million in bribes from 2005 to 2010.
reports say he gained substantially more during his time running the
Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association
Football, or CONCACAF.
Blazer was CONCACAF general secretary from
1990 until 2011 when he was forced to step down. He was also a FIFA
executive committee member from 1996 to 2013 and a vice president of the
US Soccer Federation.
As part of his deal with the US authorities
he has agreed not to oppose any ban imposed on him by FIFA or any other
football governing body.
Blazer has pleaded guilty to 10 counts, including racketeering, tax evasion, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies.
a FIFA official he influenced the award of World Cup tournaments. And
he has admitted to US investigators that he took bribes.
the powerbroker of US soccer he travelled by private jet, kept two
multi-million-dollar apartments in New York - one reportedly for the
use of his cats - and a home in the Bahamas.
Behind his back, he was known as "Mr Ten Percent," a nod to the kickbacks on which he allegedly insisted.
wheelchair-bound, he formally pleaded guilty at a closed-door court
hearing in Brooklyn in November 2013 - one of four people to plead
guilty as part of the sweeping US investigation.
Since then the US
Justice Department has stunned FIFA by targeting a coterie of top
officials from the Americas as part of the probe.
Seven FIFA officials were detained in a raid on a Zurich hotel on the eve of a FIFA congress at which Blatter won reelection.
seven are now fighting extradition to the United States and are among
14 new figures facing charges as part of the same inquiry which snared
In parallel, Swiss authorities are investigating the
attribution of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar. Amid
corruption allegations, both countries have strongly denied any