Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies at 72

FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies aged 72

GETTY POWER Blazer was famous for pushing US football onto the world stage

Such was the fortune he amassed that he reportedly had two sumptuous apartments in Trump Towers in NY - one for him and allegedly the other for his cats. U.S. Soccer also created a national women's team that would eventually dominate the sport during Blazer's time there.

Chuck Blazer, the Forest Hills native who helped the USA government expose just how corrupt soccer's worldwide governing body was, died Wednesday.

Blazer alerted Federation Internationale de Football Association and, in the aftermath, Blazer was forced to resign and leave his post as CONCACAF secretary general by the end of the year.

Blazer, a former FIFA executive committee member, was himself banned for life from all football activities in 2015 for accepting bribes in conjunction with bids to host previous football World Cup contests.

The American, generally credited with helping the US land the 1994 World Cup, had pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy, money laundering and tax evasion in late 2013.

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His lawyers, Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan, issued a statement which did not provide details or the circumstances of his death. There he joined forces with Jack Warner, a Trinidadian schoolteacher whom he helped get elected as CONCACAF president, with Blazer serving as his secretary general.

While some sports executives try to shirk the limelight, Blazer relished the status gained through his 16 years on FIFA's executive committee until 2013.

"I've known Chuck for a lot of years".

USA national team coach Bruce Arena was asked about Blazer's death following the Americans' 3-2 Gold Cup win over Martinique and told reporters: "I'm sorry for the passing of Chuck Blazer".

When he wasn't traveling the world, Blazer was cutting deals from an office and apartment in Trump Tower where he lived a chaotic life surrounded by cats and a pet parrot.

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"His misconduct, for which he accepted full responsibility, should not obscure Chuck's positive impact on worldwide football", his lawyer was quoted by the New York Times as saying.

"Chuck felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions".

Already claiming to be suffering from rectal cancer, diabetes and heart disease, Blazer never served a day in prison.

"Chuck also accepted responsibility for his own conduct by pleading guilty and owning up to his mistakes".

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