In this May 29, 2011 file photo FIFA official Chuck Blazer leaves the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. (Steffen Schmidt/Keystone via AP, File)
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Former FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer, a key figure in a U.S. investigation into corruption by soccer officials, on Thursday was banned for life from football activities by the sport's governing body.Through a 2013 U.S. plea agreement, Blazer become a cooperating witness in the U.S. probe, which has engulfed FIFA and pressured the governing body's president, Sepp Blatter, to step down.Blazer was on FIFA's executive committee which awarded the 2018 and 2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar respectively, a process which is under investigation by Swiss authorities.FIFA has said it is cooperating with the investigations.
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