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for MAY 28TH, 2015
A look back at Jack Warner s troubles with Fifa
over the last 15 years left a trail of allegations which
have culminated in his arrest on Wednesday. Warn-
er, 72, the Member of Parliament for Chaguanas
West, has maintained his innocence of the charges
and intends to challenge his extradition to the
United States to face trial.
December 2002---International media reports alle-
gation that Warner had made a US $350,000 profit
from selling 2002 Fifa World Cup tickets through
Simpaul Travel, a family company in which he owns
May 2004---Scottish Football Association president
John McBeth accuses Warner of seeking to have
money owed to the TTFF be sent to Warner s per-
sonal account after T&T visited Scotland for a
McBeth said he told Warner it was not procedure,
adding that Warner also approached other members
of the Scottish FA following the game in an attempt
to collect the money.
December 2005---Fifa s ethics committee criticises
ticket deals for World Cup 2005 by Simpaul Travel,
finding that Warner had abused his position to obtain
personal benefits and failed to declare his business
Fifa started an investigation through its auditors
Ernst & Young and in March 2006. The firm esti-
mated that Warner s family had made a profit of at
least US$1 million from reselling 2006 World Cup
It further alleged that Warner had directly ordered
and sold tickets on behalf of the TTFA. Minutes of
Fifa s executive found him guilty of breaking Fifa s
Article 5 and fined his family almost $1 million,
however, only $250,000 was paid.
May of 2011---Former Fifa executive Chuck Blazer
initiates an investigation of Asian Football Confed-
eration president Mohammed bin Hammam and
Warner after allegations of bribery were made against
the two during a Caribbean Football Union (CFU)
meeting in Port-of-Spain.
Former US federal prosecutor John P Collins did
the investigation and his report led to Fifa s sus-
pension of Warner and Bin Hammam from all soccer
activities pending the outcome of Fifa s own inves-
May of 2011---Former chairman of the English
Football Association, Lord Triesman accuses Warner
of seeking £2.5 million in return for votes for Eng-
land s 2018 World Cup bid.
The money would have reportedly gone toward
building an education centre in Trinidad. Warner
denied the allegations.
Looking back at
Warner's Fifa troubles
February 2012---The T&T Football
Federation (TTFF) claims former Fifa
vice-president Jack Warner had control
of its bank account which contained
emergency aid funds donated for earth-
quake-hit Haiti that never made it to
the Caribbean island. In 2010 Warner
was special adviser to the TTFF when
funds from Fifa and the South Korean
FA was paid to a TTFF of which
£440,000 was missing.
April 2013---A Confederation of
North, Central American and
Caribbean Association (Concacaf)
Integrity Committee, headed by former
Barbadian Chief Justice David Simmons
issues a report accusing Warner of
massive fraud by concealing his own-
ership of the land on which Concacaf s
$25 million Joao Havelange Centre of
Excellence was built, making him the
effective owner of the building.
With mounting public pressure for
his dismissal, Warner resigned as Min-
ister of National Security and the MP
for Chaguanas West on April 21 and
as chairman of the United National
April 2013---A forensic audit by the
Fifa s Integrity Committee found that
both men had been functioning with-
out a written contract from 1998 until
they left the organisation.
March 2014---The UK Telegraph
reports that Warner and his family
were paid almost £1.2 million from a
Qatari firm linked to the country s suc-
cessful bid for the 2022 World Cup.
It reported hat the FBI was inves-
tigating Warner and his alleged links
to the Qatari bid.
May 27, 2015---Warner appears before
Chief Magistrate Marcia Ayers-Caesar
in the Port-of Spain Magistrates Court
on 12 charges of corruption and bribery.
He was granted $2.5 million bail and
ordered to surrender his passport and
report to police twice a week.
However, he had to spend the night
in jail after the house deed he used to
secure his bail was insufficient and he
was unable to secure other required
documents before closing time.
Earlier that day, US authorities made
an application to the Central Authority
Unit seeking to extradite Warner, who
along with 13 other Fifa officials, was
indicted on racketeering, corruption
and bribery charges.
Warner has maintained his inno-
cence but surrendered himself to the
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