FIFA bans former vice president Jack Warner for life

FIFA has banned former vice president Jack Warner from the organization for life.
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FIFA has banned former vice president Jack Warner from the organization for life, the Associated Press reports.

On Tuesday, FIFA said Warner “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.”

Warner was also involved in the “offer, acceptance and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments,” FIFA added. 

Warner posted a statement on his Facebook page in response to the ban. 

“[If] the FIFA wants to ban me for life without even a hearing then so be it,” Warner said, “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 to ban Warner over misconduct comes as Swiss officials are investigating FIFA’s bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

On Friday, the Swiss attorney general announced that FIFA president Sepp Blatter was also under investigation for criminal mismanagement and misappropriation. Those charges stem from the “unfavorable” contract Blatter forged with the Caribbean Football Union and Warner in 2005, as well as from suspected “disloyal payment” to UEFA president Michel Platini.

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On Sept. 11, Swiss broadcaster SRF published a document signed by Blatter in 2005 showing the sale of the 2010 and 2014 World Cup rights to Caribbean Football Union, which was controlled by Warner.

The sale totaled to $600,000. Warner then transferred the rights to his private company and sold them for about $20 million.

In 2011, following his departure from FIFA after he was implicated in bribery, Warner claimed that FIFA agreed to give him cheap World Cup rights in exchange for helping Blatter continue to win elections.

Warner is one of 14 former FIFA officials who were indicted and charged with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies by the United States on May 27. He is currently in Trinidad, fighting extradition.

- Erin Flynn