Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 3rd 2015 Contents RICHARD LORD
Former Fifa vice-president and Concacaf
president Jack Warner yesterday reserved
comment on Fifa president Sepp Blatter s
decision to step down from the helm of
the world governing body for football.
Contacted by phone hours after Blatter,
who was returned for an unprecedented
fifth term just last week, made the surprise
announcement yesterday, Warner said he
preferred not to comment at this time.
Pressed further, he said he was in a meeting
but promised to speak on the matter at
However, only last week Warner had
claimed Blatter had brought more shame
on Fifa by refusing to step aside to allow
a younger leader to take over the organi-
"Why are there no investigations in Asia,
or in Europe? Why are there no investiga-
tions into Sepp Blatter? No other person
has brought so much shame and disgrace
Meanwhile, Minister of Sport Brent San-
cho yesterday admitted he was not surprised
by the resignation.
"Clearly the walls of Fifa were crum-
Sancho was questioned about Blatter s
resignation in the Senate yesterday. He said
the matter should be of concern to Concacaf
"This is a wake-up to everyone," adding
the people will "no longer allow sporting
organisations to run vie-ke-vie. "
Sancho said that "holds true to all sport-
ing organisations locally. They need to
understand that sponsorship dollars, cor-
porate money and taxpayers dollars need
to be properly accounted for and we have
to realise that there are repercussions for
Sancho said, as minister, he was "happy
to see people are being called to task for
He said there have been allegations of a
lack of proper accountability and trans-
parency at the world governing body for
football for several years and the writing
was on the wall for Blatter.
"So these latest developments are really
no surprise. I hope there is a good ending,"
But Sancho insisted: "Football needed
the shake-up and to see this happening
now one could only hope that the next
steps moving forward will be positive ones.
"This is a shake-up of epic proportion
(as) Fifa has run itself separate and apart
from international law, so this is a massive
shake-up that many would have wanted
for a very long time."
He said what was important was what
was the next step to "pick up the pieces
in football and how do you chart a course
Sancho said: "Clearly the way things
were going (being done) at Fifa were not
right. Charting the course forward is the
He said with the existing Fifa structure
and procedures "whomever comes in as
president would have to make some serious
changes in the way things are done at Fifa."
He said the success of Fifa was dependent
on who were selected to run the body.
According to Sancho over the past several
years "administrators have starred, not only
in football, but in all sports and the athletes
have always suffered."
He said with the expected changes at
Fifa the footballers would be the true ben-
In response to another question, Sancho
said while there were laws and regulations
for there to be transparency in Fifa "they
were never implemented."
He said: "You can have all the laws as
you like, if the people that govern the sport
have no interest in applying these processes,
it makes no sense."
Sancho said personnel was critical to the
advancement of football in the world.
"It has to have the right people with the
right intention, to move the sport forward."
He said football was now in jeopardy
because of what had transpired at Fifa.
Asked if it was now logistically impossible
to move the staging of the next World Cup
finals from Russia, Sancho said: "It was
impossible to get rid of Sepp Blatter and
the rest of his group, so clearly nothing is
But he said it might be difficult to change
He added: "No one in Zurich with a Fifa
jacket on can predict anything for the next
day or two because anything can happen,"
adding: "For the first time since Fifa was
established they (executive members) are
not in charge of their own destiny.
That is scaring a lot of people over there."
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 www.guardian.co.tt Guardian
President of the T&T Football Association
(TTFA) Raymond Tim Kee said Blatter s res-
ignation was no surprise in the wake of the
allegations of financial impropriety by his
secretary general. Tim Kee said Blatter "did
the honourable thing."
Tim Kee spoke with reporters before meeting
with Sancho at the Parliament.
He said T&T voted for Blatter s challenger
at last week s Fifa election. He said that was
not because of any concerns about Blatter s
leadership but only because he (Blatter) had
said the previous term would have been his
last as Fifa head.
Tim Kee said Blatter s re-election bid "was
a surprise to many people."
He said Blatter won the election because of
the support of the African and most Caribbean
countries because of what he did for the respec-
Looking to the new Fifa executive, Tim Kee
said UEFA president Michel Platini was now
tipped to replace Blatter.
Tim Kee said with Blatter s resignation "it
is an open race again."
He said with Platini s expected return to
contest the post "what I understand is that
Europe really wants to control football and
that is a kind of sore thumb."
Commenting on all the allegations against
Fifa officials, Tim Kee said: "They were not
made in the administration of Fifa or Concacaf,
those (were) things that happened before they
reached in the administration."
He said in the wake of all the investigations
taking place and "when you have the whole
of the United States security agencies digging
up, and they are joined by the Swiss---the
British were doing it all the time---and they
found nothing, something was either going
right or wrong."
He said on that basis "you have to give the
accused the privilege of the benefit of the
Tim Kee said he was not aware "that some-
thing was wrong with the (Fifa) administration,
there maybe some compliance issues."
Asked if the administration was not aware
of any backroom deals, Tim Kee said: "Yes,
I am saying that."
Reminded that Fifa officials have made cer-
tain allegations of wrongdoing, Tim Kee said:
"People just like to run their mouth without
He said while many were saying "Blatter
was guilty, people with the investigative capa-
bilities have said they have found nothing."
He said he had been the victim of many
untrue claims as well.
Tim Kee said those experiences "have caused
me to empathise with people who are accused
without information from the accuser."
He said Blatter s resignation should not affect
the Concacaf region.
Tim Kee: It's an
open race again
FIFA president Sepp Blatter leaves
after speaking at a press conference
where he announced his resignation
at the FIFA headquarters, Zurich,
Switzerland, yesterday. (ENNIO
LEANZA/KEYSTONE VIA AP)
Sancho: Walls of Fifa crumbling
Jack mum on Blatter resignation
Links Archive June 2nd 2015 June 4th 2015 Navigation Previous Page Next Page