Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : September 30th 2015 Contents In this July 20, 2007 photo, FIFA president Joseph "Sepp" Blatter, left, listens to then vice-president Jack Warner during a news
conference as part of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup in Toronto, Canada. FIFA said yesterday that Warner would be banned for life from
soccer related activities. AP PHOTO
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ZURICH---Four years after stepping down
in disgrace, former FIFA vice president
Jack Warner was banned from soccer for
life yesterday, accused of repeated acts of
bribery related to World Cup bidding
Warner, a long-time ally of president
Sepp Blatter who was allowed to resign
from FIFA in 2011 with his "presumption
of innocence" maintained, is currently
fighting extradition from T&T on US
charges of racketeering, wire fraud and
However, Warner remained defiant in
the face of the move by FIFA, saying the
action was a mere smoke screen designed
to divert suspicion away from Blatter him-
"I left the FIFA in April 2011 and if in
September 2015 (some four years and five
months after) the FIFA wants to ban me
for life without even a hearing then so be
it," Warner said in statement yesterday.
"I do not believe however that this will
serve as the distraction to the FIFA s present
problems as the FIFA wishes it to be. Given
what is happening in Zurich with Sepp
Blatter I guess that there is no such thing
as a coincidence."
The decision by the FIFA ethics com-
mittee yesterday showed that judge Hans-
Joachim Eckert will pursue officials long
after they have left their jobs.
A more pressing case for the ethics body
is an investigation into Blatter, who was
interrogated by Swiss prosecutors last Friday
in part over allegations he undervalued the
awarding of World Cup television rights
Blatter, who denies wrongdoing, is also
at risk of being suspended by his own
Warner s lifetime FIFA ban stems from
Eckert s report on the bidding process for
the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
As leader of the CONCACAF region from
1990-2011, Warner gained considerable
influence in World Cup votes by the FIFA
executive committee and now the extent
of his wrongdoing has been reinforced by
"Mr Warner was found to have com-
mitted many and various acts of miscon-
duct continuously and repeatedly during
his time as an official in different high-
ranking and influential positions at FIFA
"In his positions as a football official,
he was a key player in schemes involving
the offer, acceptance and receipt of undis-
closed and illegal payments, as well as
other money-making schemes," the FIFA
The case highlights how the specter of
corruption has hung over FIFA under Blat-
ter s 17-year presidency. (AP)
Jack, unmoved by FIFA's life ban, says:
Former FIFA vice president Chung Mong-joon, who
hopes to succeed Blatter in February's election, said
yesterday the leadership crisis was so severe that an
emergency task force should be set up to run the
With Blatter under criminal investigation and general
secretary Jerome Valcke suspended from work and being
investigated by the ethics committee, Chung said FIFA
was in "total meltdown."
"Under such circumstances, FIFA and regional
confederations should consider convening extraordinary
sessions of their respective executive committee(s) as
well as congress to set-up an emergency task force that
will enable FIFA secretariat to function without
interruption," Chung, a former vice president under
Blatter, said in a statement from South Korea.
Among Chung's potential rivals in the election is UEFA
president Michel Platini, who has been questioned as a
witness over a payment from FIFA, one of the reasons
Blatter was interrogated on Friday by Swiss authorities.
Blatter and Platini denied wrongdoing as they await
news from the ethics committee which is looking into
the case. Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber said
yesterday Platini was being treated as "between a
witness and an accused person."
Lauber said he would raid Platini's office if necessary to
"clear up what's the real truth."
The payment under investigation is the two million
Swiss francs (about US$2 million) received by Platini in
2011 for work supposedly carried out in his job as a FIFA
adviser between 1998 and 2002.
FIFA's accounts for 1999-2002 show a revenue surplus
of 115 million Swiss francs (about $83 million in 2002).
"Mr Blatter informed me when I started my role as his
adviser that it was not initially possible to pay the totality
of my salary because of FIFA's financial situation at that
time," Platini said in comments provided by UEFA.
With less than a month to go until he must pass
integrity checks to stand in the FIFA presidential election
in February, Platini insisted that he did not "fear a (FIFA)
suspension because I have done nothing wrong."
FIFA is expected to hold an election on February 26 to
replace Blatter, who delivered his sudden resignation
statement in June, four days after being re-elected for a
fifth term. The FIFA bribery scandal erupted in May when
the United States indicted 14 officials, including seven
who were arrested at a Zurich hotel two days before the
Only one of the seven men --- ousted FIFA vice
president Jeffrey Webb --- has been extradited to the US.
A week after the American request to extradite
Venezuelan official Rafael Esquivel was granted, the
Swiss justice ministry agreed yesterday to send also
former Costa Rican soccer federation president Eduardo
Li. Li, accused of taking bribes in connection with the sale
of marketing rights for World Cup qualifiers, was ousted
from the FIFA executive committee two days before he
could take his seat. Extradition orders can be challenged
at Switzerland's federal criminal court within 30 days.
Speaking after a lecture at Zurich University, Lauber
described the ongoing FIFA case being run from the
attorney general's office as a "big investigation."
"This is not a 90-minute game. It's like more or less not
even at the half (time) break," Lauber said. (AP)
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