FIFA expels Chuck Blazer for life for bribery, corruption

ZURICH (AP) — FIFA’s ethics committee says it has expelled former executive committee member Chuck Blazer from football for bribery and other corruption.

FIFA’s ethics panel says American Blazer “was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, payment and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, bribes and kickbacks as well as other money-making schemes.”

Blazer’s guilty pleas on widespread corruption charges were unsealed by the U.S. Department of Justice in May.

Blazer was a cooperating witness with United States federal agencies since 2011 after his tax affairs were investigated.

FIFA’s ethics committee says its case used “the latest facts presented by the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York.”

Blazer served on FIFA’s executive panel for 16 years until 2013.

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