FIFA on Thursday ordered a life ban against Chuck Blazer, a central figure in the corruption scandal that has engulfed world football, for taking millions of dollars in bribes.
“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,” said 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.”
The ban on the 70-year-old American was ordered by FIFA`s ethics committee adjudicatory chamber after investigations by football`s world body and US prosecutors.
The one-time powerbroker of North American football is a former ally of FIFA leader Sepp Blatter who has agreed to step down because of controversy over US and Swiss investigations into the world body and World Cup tournaments.
Blazer has given evidence to US authorities investigating football corruption and is gravely ill in a New York hospital suffering from cancer.