Blazer refuses to discuss bribery allegations
CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer on Sunday refused to
discuss allegations that he made against two FIFA executive
committee members accusing them of bribery.
Blazer instead welcomed fans and the media to the beginning of
the Gold Cup during halftime of the opening match of the 2011 event
between Costa Rica and Cuba.
”I won’t be addressing any of the jurisprudence issues,”
Blazer has accused FIFA vice president Jack Warner and fellow
executive committee member Mohamed bin Hammam of bribery in
connection with last Wednesday’s election.
Bin Hammam had been the lone challenger to Sepp Blatter, who was
elected unopposed to a fourth termas president after Warner and bin
Hammam were suspended pending a full investigation.
Blazer accused bin Hammam and Warner of offering Caribbean
soccer leaders $40,000 each in exchange for votes in the
On Saturday, CONCACAF suspended acting president Lisle Austin,
who tried to remove Blazer as secretary general in retaliation for
While the details of Austin’s suspension have not been
disclosed, Blazer said that ”I won’t comment on the politics but
the document he (Austin) received is detailed.”
Blazer avoided direct answers about the events of the past week,
though he did say that he is confident FIFA is making a major
effort to do the right thing.
”I expect the image they (fans) get is that people are of
different opinion,” Blazer said. ”We are working hard to do the
right thing. Fans are not here to watch the politics they are to
watch the football on the field.”