Blazer banned for life

The decision to ban the American, a previous general secretary of CONCACAF, was taken by an ethics committee chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert.

The panel said Blazer “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???.

Blazer has pleaded guilty in the US court to charges of football-related corruption, including accepting bribes to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

A key figure in the rise of football in America, Blazer became an FBI informer after being arrested in 2011, agreeing a plea bargain to avoid a lengthy jail sentence.

He then worked undercover for the US Justice Department as they investigated corruption at world football???s governing body, an investigation which led to 14 indictments and plunged FIFA into crisis.

The FIFA ethics committee investigation into Blazer had provisionally suspended its work in May 2013, primarily because he is seriously ill with cancer.

But the appointment of Cornel Borbely as the chief ethics investigator to replace Michael Garcia in December saw the suspension lifted and new proceedings against Blazer began.

The ban is effective immediately and a statement from the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee said: “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.???

Having risen to power as general secretary of CONCACAF, the regional body governing football in North and Central America and the Caribbean, Blazer served on FIFA’s executive panel for 16 years until 2013.

The life ban from football of the man who was once one of the game’s leading administrators was seen as??a formality after his guilty plea to racketeering and tax evasion charges was unsealed in May by United States federal agencies.