FIFA provisionally bans American Chuck Blazer

FIFA provisionally banned outgoing executive committee member
Chuck Blazer of the United States from all football-related
activities for 90 days on Monday after he was accused of embezzling
at least $21 million last month.

Blazer had previously said he’ll be giving up his seat on FIFA’s
ruling board when his term expires this month, and was accused of
having enriched himself through fraud in a report released in April
by CONCACAF, the governing body for North and Central American and
Caribbean football. Blazer is a former secretary general of
CONCACAF and was accused of embezzling at least $21 million by
compensating himself with the body’s funds without any
authorization. Blazer, the most senior American official at FIFA
for 16 years, also allegedly bought some apartments with CONCACAF
money. He resigned as CONCACAF’s secretary general in December

FIFA said in a statement Monday that its ethics committee
decided to provisionally ban Blazer ”based on the fact that
various breaches of the FIFA Code of Ethics appear to have been
committed by” the American.

Blazer has not commented on the ethics allegations.

The American was the whistle-blower in a bribery scandal
involving his former boss at CONCACAF, Jack Warner, who resigned as
the body’s president in June 2011 after Blazer accused him and
then-Asian confederation head Mohamed bin Hammam of attempting to
bribe Caribbean delegates $40,000 each to vote for bin Hammam in
the FIFA presidential election.