Fifa impose life ban from football on Blazer

Published July 9th, 2015 - 11:35 GMT

Former Fifa executive committee member Chuck Blazer has been banned from all football activities for life.

A Fifa statement on Thursday confirmed the ex-Concacaf general secretary, who turned whistleblower for the FBI and Internal Revenue Service in his native USA after admitting several charges of conspiring to accept bribes and kickbacks, will now be prohibited from activity in any form of the sport.

The release explained: "The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has decided to ban the former Fifa Executive Committee member and Concacaf General Secretary Chuck Blazer from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for life.

"The decision was taken on the basis of investigations carried out by the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee in response to the final report of the Concacaf Integrity Committee and the latest facts presented by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.

"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. 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. He was found guilty of violations of art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty), art. 16 (Confidentiality), art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and art. 21 (Bribery and corruption) of the FIFA Code of Ethics."

Blazer was initially investigated by Fifa in 2013 but the probe was suspended due in part to his ill-health at the time. However Dr Cornel Borbely, Fifa's Ethics Committee chairman, decided in December 2014 to re-open proceedings and Blazer will now no longer play any role in football.

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