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

this time.”

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

Caribbean voters.

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.