KEIR RADNEDGE in Budapest: Chuck Blazer should be kicked off FIFA’s all-powerful executive committee on Friday, according to the Central and North American Confederation of which he was general secretary for two decades.
A proposal to “advise” the world federation of that demand was approved by a vote of 34 to two in the CONCACAF Congress in the Don Boscolo Hotel in the Hungarian capital. Three abstentions were recorded by newly-elected CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb.
Blazer was the whistle-blower who launched the process which led last year to controversial Jack Warner quitting all football – including as a vice-president of FIFA and president of both CONCACAF and the Caribbean Football Union – over bribery allegations in the FIFA presidential race.
The fall-put led to revelations about Blazer’s financial arrangements as an employee of CONCACAF. He stepped down last Christmas. However this did not affect his separate status as CONCACAF’s North American delegate to the FIFA executive.
Fury over the management activities of both Blazer and Warner had erupted at the CONCACAF Congress after revelations about the financial and legal chaos in which the organisation now found itself. FIFA must now decide whether to admit the issue on to the agenda for its own annual Congress which opens tomorrow/Thursday.
Blazer responded by attributing the attack to retaliatory opportunism by delegates who had been slapped on the wrist by FIFA for their involvement in the Bin Hammam bribery scandal. He said no tax returns had been declared in the US because CONCACAF was a non-profit organisation, and no profits had been made in the US.
He also defended his record in charge of CONCACAF, saying: “I spent 21 years building the confederation and its competitions and its revenues and I’m the one responsible for its good levels of income. I’m perfectly satisfied that I did an excellent job.
“I think this is a reflection of those who were angry at me having caused the action against Warner and having received money had to go through the ethics committee. This is also a reaction by people who have their own agenda, such as those from Mexico and others from central America who wish to advantage themselves. I have serious concerns about this and I hope Jeff Webb can control that.
“I now have to consider what my options are but to say the least I am very disappointed.”
Blazer said he was “not yet in litigation” to retrieve payments he was owed by CONCACAF but confirmed his contract had included 10pc of all CONCACAF’s TV and sponsorship deals. The commissions and salary for Blazer totalled between $4m and $5m last year, Congress was told.
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