Federation Internationale de Football Association whistleblower Chuck Blazer dies

Chuck Blazer, former Fifa official turned whistleblower, dies aged 72

Chuck Blazer, an influential and controversial figure in the history of American soccer, has died, as first reported by Jack Bell and confirmed by Andrew Das of the New York Times. U.S. Soccer also created a national women's team that would eventually dominate the sport during Blazer's time there.

The burly American, whose admissions of guilt set off the corruption scandal that heaped disgrace on Federation Internationale de Football Association, has died aged 72 after battling cancer and other illnesses, bringing to an end one the most colourful and controversial careers in the history of the sport.

On July 9, 2015, Blazer received a lifetime ban from FIFA from all football-related activity.

With his huge girth, outgoing personality and no little charm, Blazer was instantly recognisable (not least at the now-infamous Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich where he was a regular guest) with a canny ability to woo the global media to whom he was frequently approachable - though only when it suited him.

Blazer was banned from football for life in 2015 by FIFA for what the governing body called his "many acts of misconduct" at the organisation and as General Secretary of the Concacaf confederation.

Blazer's death was announced by his lawyers, Eric Corngold and Mary Mulligan.

Blazer urged Warner to run for president of CONCACAF in 1990.

"At one moment, he looked at me with a very serious gaze and said, without cracking a smile, "You know, you look like Karl Marx!"

At a November 2013 court hearing where his treatment for rectal cancer, diabetes and coronary artery disease was disclosed, Blazer entered 10 guilty pleas.

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.

US 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".

"With huge girth, charm, wit and a pet parrot, Blazer was a bon vivant as he made deals from an office and apartment in Trump Tower".

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

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

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