Fifa, soccer's international governing body, announced today that the investigation into the conduct of its former executive committee member Chuck Blazer has been suspended until the end of this year at the earliest.
Fifa said that its chief of investigation Robert Torres took the decision after receiving written confirmation that Blazer, the former general secretary of Concacaf, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, will not be engaging in any soccer-related activities until at least December 31, and after taking into consideration "circumstances which made it advisable to provisionally suspend the investigations."
It did not divulge what those circumstances were.
Blazer, from USA, was provisionally banned by Fifa from taking part in any kind of soccer-related activity at national and international level for a maximum period of 90 days from May 6 on the basis that he appeared to have committed "various breaches of the Fifa Code of Ethics."
The decision by the Fifa’s Ethics Committee in May followed the presentation of a 113-page report by Concacaf’s integrity committee that accused Blazer and Jack Warner, the former president, of being “fraudulent in their management” of the regional body’s affairs.
The report concluded that Warner, a Trinidadian who stepped down as Concacaf president and Fifa vice-president in June 2011, did not disclose to either organisation that a $25.9-million Centre of Excellence was built on land owned by his companies.
It also claimed that Blazer had received $20 million in compensation from Concacaf, much of it in commission fees, despite having no contract with the confederation from 1998 onwards.
Blazer stepped down from Fifa’s executive committee at the Fifa Congress in Mauritius on May 30, to be replaced by Sunil Gulati, the president of the United States Soccer Federation.