FIFA, the international sports governing body, barred a top official on Monday from all soccer-related activities for 90 days on Monday after he was accused of embezzling as much as $21 million.
Chuck Blazer, an official the New York Times wrote is known as “Mr. 10 Percent,” has been “accused of taking a percentage of money from deals in the American and Caribbean regions” related to the World Cup.
In 2010, FIFA elected Blazer, an official who has “blogged of his friendly vacation travels with President Vladimir Putin of Russia,” as chairman of its Marketing and Television Advisory Board, which is “responsible for negotiating the incomes that reach into the billions during every four-year World Cup cycle.”
The next World Cup is in 2014 in Brazil.