Warner banned from football for life

Posted by Warren Fyfe on September 29, 2015 in Warren Fyfe Site

Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has been banned from football for life.

The 72-year-old Trinidadian is the former head of Caribbean and North and Central American football (Concacaf), but quit Fifa in 2011.

He is fighting extradition

to the US on corruption charges and denies accepting millions of dollars in bribes.

Warner committed “many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly” said the football world governing body’s ethics committee.

Jack Warner

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In a televised address in Trinidad, Jack Warner said he feared for his life

Fifa’s ruling follows its own investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, which began looking at Warner’s activities in January 2015.

On Tuesday, Fifa said Warner had been found guilty of violating the organisation’s code of ethics several times.

A statement read: “In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes.”

Last week, Swiss prosecutors started criminal proceedings

against Fifa president Sepp Blatter

over an “unfavourable” contract – thought to refer to a 2005 TV rights deal between Fifa and Warner.

The United States

wants to try Warner

and 13 other current or former Fifa officials who were indicted in May.

Prosecutors allege that Warner – who was one of football’s most powerful figures whose support was seen as crucial for any World Cup host bid – has been involved in criminal corrupt practices for more than two decades.

In June 2015, a

BBC investigation found

evidence of bribes paid to Warner.

Jack Warner: The US charge sheet

  • Accused of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering, bribery
  • From the early 1990s, he allegedly “began to leverage his influence and exploit his official positions for personal gain”
  • Allegedly accepted a $10m bribe from South African officials in return for voting to award them the 2010 World Cup
  • Allegedly bribed officials with envelopes each containing $40,000 in cash; when one demurred, he allegedly said: “There are some people here who think they are more pious than thou. If you’re pious, open a church, friends. Our business is our business”

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/34388545

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