US court rules for CONCACAF in Blazer case

By Sports Desk April 04, 2019
Former CONCACAF executive Chuck Blazer. Former CONCACAF executive Chuck Blazer.

A United States court has ruled in the favour of CONCACAF in the case of a $US20m lawsuit filed against former general secretary Chuck Blazer, but the football body isn’t expected to get a cent as the estate of the former official has been left in dire financial straits.  

In April 2017 regional football’s governing body sued to recover for at least $US20 from Blazer, who pleaded guilty to racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud and tax evasion, all linked to kickbacks he received in exchange for media rights and tournament marketing contracts, as well as bribes involving the 1998 and 2010 World Cups and several Gold Cup tournaments.

With Blazer having died months after the suit was filed a settlement agreement was recognized between the organisation and Blazer’s insolvent estate, which succeeded Blazer and six companies he controlled as a defendant in the case.  The chances of CONCACAF recovering any money are, however, extremely low. 

Prior to his death in July, Blazer owed at least $18 million in federal income taxes.  The administrator of the estate uncovered assets worth about $845,000 but determined it is unlikely that any additional assets discovered will be enough to satisfy the federal and state tax liens or any other creditors.

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