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blazer didn't deny the allegations. he was arrested on may 27, 2014, two days after the london olympics ended. he pleaded not guilty to the charges. the case went to trial in november. he and his co-defendants, including jack warner, former president of concacaf, and chuck blazer, the nephew of the president, were each convicted on two counts of racketeering conspiracy. blazer was also convicted of one count of wire fraud, one count of money laundering and two counts of tax evasion. i was at the trial. blazer was not present, but his lawyers were. they argued that blazer, who was president of fifa for 18 years, should not be held accountable for the crimes of his associates.
bin hammam was angry that he'd been forced out of fifa, but he kept that thought to himself. he knew, from warner's previous maneuvers, that the briton would do whatever it took to win. he thought warner had engineered the election of his rival, the uzbek, who was out of touch with the reality of soccer in the region. the previous year, warner had brought together the heads of the regional unions to agree to an expansion of the world cup, which angered european soccer's leaders and cut into fifa's bottom line. and in the aftermath of the bin hammam scandal, warner had attacked blazer for his role in the gold cup tournament.
bin hammam held a big lead in the polls going into the last vote, held in may 2011. but warner, a longtime associate of blazer's, kept the voting open until the last day. bin hammam had fewer delegates than blazer, but he could easily outspend the ugandan, who had led the charge to keep the trinidad vote open. on the eve of the vote, blazer and bin hammam met in a hotel room to plan their strategy, where the briton told the other fifa official that if he didn't use the caribbean vote to win the election, he would make warner's life hell. warner had little to lose, but he was more than happy to play bin hammam's game. d8a7b2ff72
in the two months before blazer went to zurich, he'd met a half-dozen times with his global intelligence source, a saudi arabian named mustafa al-hawsawi. al-hawsawi was a businessman who lived in dubai, a city in the united arab emirates, and he had a sister who lived in the united states. he served on several important committees of the international olympic committee, the organization that governs the modern olympics. al-hawsawi was also the man who brought blazer and his pal jack warner together in the first place. he'd come to blazer's attention after they'd attended a trade show in new york, and they'd struck up a friendship over sports-related topics. al-hawsawi had been trying to persuade warner, the former schoolteacher turned fifa power broker, to stand for the presidency of concacaf, and he invited blazer to meet with warner in the bahamas in may 2002.
in late january, blazer and al-hawsawi had their next meeting. afterward, al-hawsawi sent blazer a cryptic email in which he wrote: "you and i are going to change fifa and make it happen." a few weeks later, blazer sent al-hawsawi a $50,000 check for expenses incurred in the bahamas.
shortly after the bahamas meeting, warner met with christopher anderson, the fifa administrator for the caribbean. warner had confided in anderson about his desire to become the next concacaf president.
according to the indictment, blazer knew that this direct approach to law enforcement would put a target on his back. so, he told randall and gaeta to continue monitoring his conversations, even telling them which office to search when they got to fifa.