April 26, 1945
New York City, U.S.
|Died||July 12, 2017 (aged 72)|
New Jersey, U.S.
|Known for||Soccer administrator, informant|
|Criminal charge(s)||Income tax evasion, money laundering, racketeering, and wire fraud|
Charles Gordon "Chuck" Blazer (April 26, 1945 – July 12, 2017) was an American former soccer administrator. He held a number of high level positions before becoming a government informant on widespread corruption within organized soccer.
In 2013, Blazer admitted to conspiring with other FIFA Executive Committee members to accept bribes with the failed bid of Morocco and the successful bid of South Africa to become World Cup hosts in 1998 and 2010 respectively. Blazer's admissions came during testimony given at a sealed sentencing proceeding in a New York federal court. He was a FIFA Executive Committee member from 1996 to 2013, the CONCACAF General Secretary from 1990 until 2011, and Executive Vice President of the U.S. Soccer Federation.
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- "Charles Gordon Blazer". NBC Olympics. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
- Jennings, Andrew (2007). Foul! : the secret world of FIFA ; bribes, vote rigging and ticket scandals ([Updated ed.]. ed.). London: HarperSport. p. 138. ISBN 9780007208692.
- "The United States of America against Chuck Blazer". U.S. Department of Justice. 2015-06-02. Retrieved June 3, 2015.
- Bryant, Nick (4 June 2015). "Fifa crisis: Ex-official Chuck Blazer details bribe-taking". BBC News. Retrieved 6 June 2015.
- Sports, N. Y. T. (2017-07-12). "Lawyer for Chuck Blazer confirms his death. Here's Jere Longman's profile from 2015:http://nyti.ms/2uT2YLn". @NYTSports. Retrieved 2017-07-13. External link in
- Carlisle, Jeff (2017-07-12). "US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati confirmed to ESPN FC via email that Chuck Blazer passed away". @JeffreyCarlisle. Retrieved 2017-07-13.
- Ronald Blum (July 12, 2017). "Chuck Blazer, who touched off soccer scandal, dead at 72". The Washington Post. Retrieved July 12, 2017.