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Chuck Blazer, the Forest Hills native who helped the US government expose just how corrupt soccer's global governing body was, died Wednesday.

A CONCACAF investigation report released in 2013 said Blazer "misappropriated CONCACAF funds to finance his personal lifestyle", causing the organisation to "subsidise rent on his residence in the Trump Tower in NY; purchase apartments at the Mondrian, a luxury hotel and residence in Miami; sign purchase agreements and pay down payments on apartments at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas". He even had a pet parrot.

Under the terms of the eight-page retainer agreement, Sportvertising would provide CONCACAF with an employee who would carry out the duties of the general secretary.

A larger than life character, Blazer was known for his eccentricity.

The former vice president of US Soccer pleaded guilty in 2013 to charges of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion as part of a web of corruption that spanned several decades.

Blazer admitted accepting bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cup bid processes, won by France and South Africa respectively.

The rest, as they say, is history. The 14 charged with wrongdoing have yet to be brought to trial.

But he also personally enriched himself and was emblematic of the greed and corruption that festered within world football for many years.

A 2013 report by Concacaf's integrity committee said he had received more than $20.6m (£16m) in commissions, fees and rental payments from the organization between 1996 and 2011.

Information provided by Blazer ultimately led to charges being made against 14 Federation Internationale de Football Association officials, either current or former.

"Chuck hoped to help bring transparency, accountability, and fair play to CONCACAF, FIFA and soccer as a whole", his attorney said.

"Chuck felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions".

Any recordings Blazer made after agreeing to become an Federal Bureau of Investigation informant and wear a wire could still come into evidence without his testimony, said Timothy Heaphy, a former US attorney now in private practice.

Blazer, a large, bearded figure, was involved in U.S. soccer for years.

By 1989, he convinced Jack Warner to run for the CONCACAF presidency, and by consolidating the Caribbean nations' votes, the formerly little-known president of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association was elected the next year.


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