Warner says he won’t reveal Blatter emails
Suspended FIFA executive Jack Warner on Sunday reneged on a
pledge to reveal details of an email exchange with President Sepp
Blatter, which he had previously said would shed light on an
ongoing bribery probe.
At a Sunday rally that drew a few thousand supporters in the
central Trinidadian town of Felicity, Warner said he decided not to
disclose the contents of the email because ”the best legal advice
received at home and abroad has suggested that I do not do so at
Caribbean football leaders are alleged to have been paid $40,000
each to back Mohamed bin Hammam’s presidential bid during a visit
to Warner’s native Trinidad. Warner, who is also a powerful
government minister, and bin Hammam were suspended pending a full
investigation. Blatter was re-elected unopposed.
When Warner returned to Trinidad and Tobago late Thursday, he
pledged to continue hitting FIFA with the ”football tsunami” he
promised a week earlier. He has previously said ”the contents of
the email are crystal clear as to what transpired.”
Warner has already published private correspondence to embarrass
FIFA, where he is a 28 year-veteran of its executive committee.
On Sunday, he told supporters that he is innocent of any
allegations of wrongdoing, saying ”nobody has accused me and can
accuse me of taking any money.”
Referring to Bin Hammam, he said: ”My friend came here to talk
to some people, he spoke to them and then he left. The rest is now
history and let the facts come out.”
Warner also blasted critics who have called for Trinidad Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to fire Warner from his government
position as minister of works and transport before the FIFA
investigation is done.
Persad-Bissessar has pledged to stand by Warner unless there is
proof of wrongdoing.
FIFA has hired former FBI director Louis Freeh’s investigations
agency to gather evidence following FIFA executive Chuck Blazer’s
allegations that Warner and Bin Hammam offered $40,000 bribes to
Bin Hammam withdrew his presidential candidacy hours before
FIFA’s ethics panel provisionally suspended him and Warner pending
the full hearing.
They both deny arranging bribes, and Bin Hammam alleged that
supporters of Blatter conspired to remove him from the election
contest. Blatter was cleared by the ethics panel of turning a blind
eye to intended corruption.