In her Thursday article for The Guardian, columnist Marina Hyde has highlighted a fascinating story from last weekend's New York Daily News that tells the story of Chuck Blazer, the former head of CONCACAF turned FBI informer.
Blazer was once the most powerful football figure in all of North and Central America and also a member of FIFA's executive committee.
The whole Daily News story is an amazing read about bugging, tax dodging, secret meetings and misallocated funds—we urge you to check it out.
However, the most absurd revelation, which some critics would say sums up football administration, was about how Blazer appeared to have a private New York apartment just for his cats.
As per the report:
The corrupt and corpulent Blazer, once the sport’s No. 1 powerbroker in the United States, is alleged to have collected untold millions during his 20-year reign—running up a staggering $29 million in credit card charges to help fuel his extravagant lifestyle, which included a pricey Trump Tower apartment for his cats.
...]Blazer] operated with high-flying impunity for decades, inhabiting a world of private jets, famous friends, secret island getaways, offshore bank accounts and two Trump Tower apartments with sweeping views of Central Park and the crenellations of The Plaza hotel.
CONCACAF’s offices took up the entire 17th floor, but Blazer often worked from two apartments where he lived on the 49th floor in $18,000-per-month digs for himself and an adjoining $6,000 retreat largely for his unruly cats, according to a source.