FIFA: Jack Warner Is Banned For Life Of All Football ActivitiesTue 29 Sep
Jack Warner, 72 year old Trinidadian who was head of Caribbean & North & Central American football (Concacaf) (quit FIFA in 2011) is fighting extradition to the US on corruption charges and denies accepting millions of dollars in bribes. FIFA began looking at Warner’s activities in January 2015, the investigation into the bidding process for the 2018 & 2022 World Cups lead them to Warner’s activities.
Today, FIFA has found Warner guilty of violating the organisation’s code of ethics many times. A statement from FIFA says that “In his position as football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, & receipt of undisclosed & illegal payments as well as other money-making schemes.”
The United States wants to try Warner & now 13 other current or former FIFA officials who were indicted in May.
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”