Warner gets belated life ban from FIFA
ZURICH, Switzerland, (CMC):
Former football supremo Jack Warner has been slapped with a life ban by football's world governing body, FIFA, four years after he quit the organisation at the height of the cash-for-votes corruption scandal.
FIFA said yesterday that it had reached the decision after its Ethics Committee had in January launched an investigation into Warner's involvement in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The Trinidadian, FIFA said, had been guilty of breaching several of the articles of the body's code of ethics relating to conflict of interest and "accepting and offering gifts and other benefits".
As such, Warner will be prohibited from any kind of "football-related activity at national and international level for life."
"Mr Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF," FIFA said.
"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."
Warner is currently fighting extradition to the United States, where he was one of 14 current and former football executives indicted in May on "racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies".
The US Department of Justice said the 72-year-old former government minister, while serving as CONCACAF president, had along with other football executives engaged in an elaborate 24-year-old scheme "to enrich themselves through the corruption of international soccer".
Last week, Trinidad and Tobago's attorney general, Faris Al Rawi, signed off on papers allowing the extradition to
Warner served as CONCACAF president for two decades and as a powerful FIFA vice-president for close to three decades.
He quit both roles in 2011 to avoid an ethics investigation into his role in the cash-for-votes scandal when some Caribbean Football Union officials were accused of accepting bribes from then FIFA presidential candidate Mohammed bin Hammam, in exchange for their votes at the election later that year.
Bin Hammam, a Qatari, was also handed a life ban by FIFA in July 2011.