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On Thursday, FIFA banned Blazer, a former executive committee member, from taking part in any aspect of soccer for life.
"Mr. Blazer committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF," FIFA said in a statement. "In his positions as a football official, he 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."
Where would we be without FIFA's tireless ethics committee ferreting out facts like that? Probably where we were before, since Blazer already had confessed to U.S. investigators that he took more than $11 million in bribes between 2005 and 2010.
Blazer was once the highest-ranking American in FIFA. He also served as general secretary of CONCACAF, the confederation that oversees the sport in North America and Central America, as well as the Caribbean.
But two years ago, he pleaded guilty to his role in a corruption scheme that earned him more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks over the past two decades. Blazer, who is said to have personally misappropriated $15 million during that period, turned informant in 2011 and wore a wire during discussions with several high-ranking soccer officials, helping the Justice Department gather evidence.