Posted: Saturday February 16, 2013 8:02 AM

US official Blazer to leave FIFA executive seat

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NEW YORK (AP) -FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer says he will not seek re-election for a fifth term, and will leave his 16-year position in May.

Blazer is the most senior American official in world football as a CONCACAF representative on FIFA's ruling committee, but his departure was expected after his whistleblowing role in a scandal which rocked FIFA in 2011.

Blazer delivered evidence to FIFA of alleged bribery by presidential election candidate Mohamed bin Hammam during a campaigning visit in Trinidad.

The scandal saw longtime CONCACAF president Jack Warner resign and officials from half its 40 member countries investigated by FIFA.

Blazer left his job as CONCACAF's general secretary in the fallout.

Blazer announced his exit on his Twitter account Saturday, and says "it is time for new faces with new energy to take over the responsibility of FIFA's leadership.''

 
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