FIFA provisionally bans American Blazer on ethics

FIFA provisionally banned outgoing executive committee member

Chuck Blazer of the United States from all soccer-related

activities for 90 days on Monday after he was accused of embezzling

at least $21 million.

Blazer had previously said he’ll be giving up his seat on FIFA’s

ruling board when his term expires this month. He was accused of

having enriched himself through fraud according to a report

released in April by CONCACAF, the governing body for North and

Central American and Caribbean soccer.

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 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 2011

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. In June 2011,

Warner resigned as the body’s president 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.