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Football Federation Australia (FFA) says
it is co-operating with the Australian
Federal Police (AFP) in relation to the
A$500,000 payment it made to former
Fifa vice president Jack Warner in 2010
for upgrades to the Marvin Lee Stadium
at the Centre of Excellence.
FFA chairman, Frank Lowy AC, in a
media release last week, also said the fed-
eration would willingly co-operate with
any further inquiries into any Fifa-related
"We are co-operating with AFP, we have
co-operated with (Fifa-appointed inves-
tigator Michael) Garcia, we have co-oper-
ated with government, we have co-operated
with the Concacaf inquiry," he said in the
The FFA, when contacted by the Sunday
Guardian for an update on the inquiry into
the payment and if any documents had
been forwarded to the authorities relating
to the payment, said it would not comment
further on the matter.
The federation, in its emailed response,
attached its latest media statement on the
payment and said it was not conducting
further interviews on the matter.
Calls to Australian Attorney General
George Brandis senior media adviser Scott
Bolitho to determine if a formal probe had
been launched by the government went
unanswered. He did not respond to the
voicemail left on his phone.
Questions were also emailed to James
Murphy, media adviser to Australian Sports
Minister Sussan Ley, but up to presstime
he had not responded.
Lowy, in the release sent by the FFA,
said, "If the Australian senate wants to
make another inquiry of course we would
co-operate with it."
He added, "All the files are available,
but we would be giving all the same mate-
rial that we have already been requested
to and provided to the other inquiries."
Lowy, in a wide-ranging interview with
Sky News Australia conducted in New
York, according to the release, said, "FFA
had paid A$500,000 into a Concacaf bank
account in good faith and expected it to
be spent on the project."
However, he said in that interview, he
had never spoken to Warner about the
Concacaf Centre of Excellence (COE).
Integrity Report raised red flags on pay-
The Concacaf Integrity Committee
report, dated April 18, 2013, at page 29
states as follows: "On or around September
23, 2010 the FFA provided $462,200 to
Concacaf to support the upgrade of the
Marvin Lee Stadium at the Centre of Excel-
lence. These funds were provided through
Football body hands over records
Australia gave $.5m
to Centre of Excellence
Fishermen tend to their boats at the Train line at Marabella where ILP leader Jack Warner later visited them during his tour of the
area yesterday. PHOTO: KRISTIAN DE SILVA
Jack Warner says he has no intentions of revealing
secrets about former Fifa president Sepp Blatter,
even when he publishes his third book in Decem-
Warner was speaking to members of the local and
international media during a tour of the Marabella
Trainline, one of the most impoverished regions in
Warner said he had no intentions of revealing any
secrets about Blatter, who resigned in June, despite
being re-elected for a record fifth term at the Fifa
congress. Blatter is currently holding an interim role
until the end of the year to oversee the transition to
Two weeks ago, Warner promised "an avalanche of
revelations of (his) knowledge of financial transactions
at Fifa, including, but not limited to, Sepp Blatter."
However, he changed his tune yesterday saying he
remained a loyal man.
"I worked with Blatter for 30 years. I know a thing
called loyalty and under any conditions or tribulations
I may suffer, I know what is loyalty and therefore
when a fella is down or seems to be down, I will not
push him down. When he is down I will give a helping
hand," Warner said.
"There are people in this country who like to
demonise people. I am not like that, therefore do not
expect me to tell anybody anything about Fifa or
Blatter. I am not like that. I am not that kind of person.
I don t have anything I want to reveal about Blatter."
Warner, who assisted many of the residents of the
Trainline with rebuilding their homes and constructing
in-house toilets, received a warm welcome. Emelia
Young, 76, hugged Warner and prayed with him. Blind
resident Damien Young shook his hand and offered
support, while Kathleen O Neil advised him to bring
ILP membership forms for the residents.
A few people even asked Warner to help them with
employment. One resident, Worren Whittington, was
hired on the spot, while Warner made a commitment
to help Ian Charles fix his stairs.
But when asked where he got the money to help
so many residents, Warner denied it was Fifa money.
He said, "I used my own money. I have a constituency
fund you know and that is where I got money to help
Warner said his third book would be called The
Political History of Jack Warner.
"That will be a best seller. I am working on it. It
will be published in December and will add to my two
previous books, Inward Hunger and from Zero to
Warner said he hoped to show the international
media how the People s Partnership Government in
oil-rich T&T treats its people. He chastised Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, saying that a few
miles away, she lived in a palace in Phillipine. He also
vowed more exposes in his Sunshine newspaper, adding
that he planned to send copies of cheques given to
Attorney General Garvin Nicholas "to jog his memory."
Nicholas had told reporters he could not remember
cheques being issued to him by Warner.
Copies of the cheques were made public by Warner
in his newspaper. See Page A9
Jack still loyal to Blatter
Continues on Page A16
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