When he wasn’t traveling the world, Blazer was cutting deals RS gold from an office and apartment in Trump Tower where he lived a chaotic life surrounded by cats and a pet parrot.Blazer started in soccer by coaching his son’s club in New Rochelle, New York, and joined boards of local and regional soccer organizations. He was the U.S. Soccer Federation’s executive vice president from 1984-86. He helped to form the American.
Soccer League, a precursor to Major League Soccer in 1998 before entering regional soccer politics.Blazer urged Jack Warner to run for president of CONCACAF in 1990. When the Trinidadian won, he made Blazer the general secretary – a position he held until 2011.In 1991, Blazer created the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the organization’s national team championship that is played every two years, and he rose within FIFA to become chairman of its marketing and television advisory board.Blazer turned on his boss.
Warner, who also served with him on FIFA’s executive committee.Corruption had been rumored for years within world soccer before Blazer provided evidence, accusing Warner and Mohamed bin Hammam of offering $40,000 bribes to voters in the 2011 FIFA presidential election. Bin Hammam, a Qatari who headed the Asian Football Confederation, had been the lone challenger to Blatter, who was elected unopposed to a fourth term after Warner and bin Hammam were suspended.
Blatter was elected to a fifth term in 2015 before resigning after the raids in Zurich.Blazer’s conduct was as corrupt as the actions of the people he accused.Blazer pleaded guilty in November 2013 to one count each of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, money laundering conspiracy and willful failure to file a Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts, and to six counts of tax evasion.