Blazer was wined and dined throughout the world, and his Travels with Chuck Blazer and his Friends (among them Vladimir Putin) gave rare insights into the world of FIFA VIPs. The blog showed off Blazer's tech-savvy, which put him light years ahead of his fellow FIFA executives.
In his early years at Concacaf, he toured the Caribbean, setting up tiny federations with computers and AOL accounts and teaching their staffs how to get online and check emails from
the confederations headquarters.
It was a Warner deal with a fellow executive committee member, Qatari Mohamed bin Hammam, that triggered the split-up of Blazer and Warner in 2011. Warner was caught handing out envelopes with $40,000 in cash to the same Caribbean members Blazer had gotten online. Blazer told FIFA, and the jib was up.
By the end of 2011, Blazer had began secretly cooperating with FBI and IRS investigators. In 2013, he secretly pleaded guilty in Federal court to 10 counts of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and tax evasion. He also forfeited $1.9 million and agreed to forfeit a second amount.
"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."
It wasn't until May 2015 when Swiss police at the behest of Federal authorities raided a Zurich hotel on the eve of the FIFA Congress and Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced warrants against 14 individuals that Blazer's plea became known.
Nine men were arrested at the Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich. Warner was in Trinidad & Tobago, where he remains free two years later fighting extradition.
The day of the arrests Blazer was in a New York hospital fighting cancer.