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

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, 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.