FIFA Whistleblower Chuck Blazer to Leave Executive Seat after 16 Years
February 18, 2013
FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer has announced that he will not stand for re-election, bringing an end to his 16-year association in May.
His departure however, is not unexpected, as Blazer played a role in delivering evidence to FIFA regarding alleged bribery by presidential election candidate Mohamed bin Hammam.
In a statement Blazer simply said: “It is time for new faces with new energy to take over the responsibility of FIFA’s leadership.”
The fallout from the bribery scandal saw Blazer leave his job as General Secretary at CONCACAF, whilst President Jack Warner also resigned.
Blazer is the most senior American official in world football and is a CONCACAF representative on FIFA’s ruling committee.
It is expected that Sunil Gulati and Justino Compean, Presidents of the USA and Mexico football federations, respectively, will contest Blazer’s place.
The election is on April 19 at the confederation’s congress in Panama City. The winner will be installed into the FIFA board on May 31 in Mauritius.