FIFA banned American football official Chuck Blazer on Thursday for years of corrupt dealings

FIFA’s Ethics Committee banned American football official Chuck Blazer from all soccer-related activity for life on Thursday due to years of corrupt dealings.

The statement by FIFA said Blazer was now banned “from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at [the] national and international level for life.”

“Mr. 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,” the statement continued. “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."

It was revealed in June that Blazer accepted and facilitated bribes during the bidding processes for the France (1998) and South Africa (2010) World Cups.

He pleaded guilty to 10 counts including racketeering, conspiracy, and tax evasion in November 2013 as part of a plea deal with U.S. authorities.

His admissions followed a U.S. Department of Justice indictment accusing South African officials of paying $10 million in bribes to secure the 2010 World Cup. The wider scandal has led to the resignation of FIFA President Sepp Blatter and 13 other FIFA officials.

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