Disgraced former FIFA executive Chuck Blazer died Wednesday at the age of 72, according to The New York Times.
Blazer served as general secretary of CONCACAF from 1990 to 2011, and had a place on the FIFA executive committee 1996 to 2013.
Confirmed: Chuck Blazer, larger than life soccer executive whose final years were dogged by investigation, illness and disgrace, has died.
— Andrew Das (@AndrewDasNYT) July 13, 2017
The New York City native pleaded guilty in November 2013 to charges including racketeering, income tax evasion and money laundering related to his role in several FIFA corruption scandals. He ultimately acted as an FBI informant, providing information that led to the arrests of numerous FIFA officials in May 2015.
“His misconduct, for which he accepted full responsibility, should not obscure Chuck’s positive impact on international soccer,” his lawyer said in a statement to The New York Times. U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati confirmed Blazer’s death, according to ESPN FC.
US Soccer Federation president Sunil Gulati confirmed to ESPN FC via email that Chuck Blazer passed away.
— Jeff Carlisle (@JeffreyCarlisle) July 13, 2017
USA national team coach Bruce Arena was asked about Blazer’s death following the USA’s 3-2 Gold Cup win over Martinique and told reporters: “I’m sorry for the passing of Chuck Blazer. I know his family and I pass along my condolences to them.”
Blazer, who received a lifetime ban from FIFA, reportedly had been suffering from colon cancer.