Chuck Blazer, one of the faces of the FIFA scandal dies at 72

Chuck Blazer, disgraced former FIFA executive committee member, has died at the age of 72. His death was announced by his lawyers, according to the AP

Blazer, a New York City native, was banned for life by FIFA in 2015 for his role in the governing body's massive corruption scandal. Blazer, who was also the CONCACAF general secretary and US Soccer vice president, plead guilty in 2013 to 10 counts of corruption chargers, including accepting bribes during the bidding process for the 2010 World Cup. Charges also included racketeering, wire fraud and income tax evasion.

One of the faces of the FIFA scandal, which ultimately led to the dismissal of FIFA president and friend Sepp Blatter, Blazer's career was turned on his head after the massive scandal's details emerged in recent years.

"Chuck hoped to help bring transparency, accountability and fair play to CONCACAF, FIFA and soccer as a whole," his lawyers said in a statement. "Chuck also accepted responsibility for his own conduct by pleading guilty and owning up to his mistakes. Chuck felt profound sorrow and regret for his actions."

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