Warner ‘urged’ officials to accept bribes
Video evidence of ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner urging
Caribbean officials to accept cash gifts from Mohamed Bin Hammam
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target="newwin">The recording of a speech made by Warnerto
members of the Caribbean Football Association (CFU) on May 11 is
being used as evidence in FIFA ethics committee hearings into
charges against 15 of those officials this week.
The video, which has been posted on www.telegraph.co.uk, shows
Warner telling members they are not obliged to vote for Bin Hammam
in the FIFA presidential election but that he had told the Qatari
to bring cash. Bin Hammam was banned for life in July by FIFA’s
ethics committee but is appealing.
The speech took place in Trinidad a day after cash gifts of
40,000 US dollars each were handed out to the leaders of Caribbean
Warner says on the video: “When Mohamed Bin Hammam asked to come
to the Caribbean he wanted to bring some silver plaques and wooden
trophies and bunting and so on, and told me to bring for 30 people
would be too much luggage. I told him he did not need to bring
anything but if he wanted to bring anything to bring something
equivalent to the value of the gift that he brought.
“I said to him if you bring cash, I don’t want you to give cash
to anybody, but when you do you can give it to the CFU and the CFU
will give it to his members. Because I don’t want (it) to even
remotely appear that anyone has any obligation to vote for you
because of what gifts you have given them, and he fully accepted
Warner also says he will return any money if the officials
choose not to keep it.
He adds: “I know there are some people here who believe they are
more pious than thou. If you are pious go to a church friends, but
the fact is that our business is our business.
“If there is anybody here who has a conscience and wishes to
send back the money I am willing to take the money and give it back
to him at any moment.”
There is also an astonishing barrage aimed at UEFA president
Michel Platini, saying a victory for Sepp Blatter over Bin Hammam
would lead to the Frenchman taking over.
Warner says: “We have to ensure Platini is not some automatic
inheritor of FIFA. Because I tell you if that happens FIFA will
become a French province. Forever. The fact is that Platini is
being groomed to succeed Mr Blatter and we don’t know if it is in
our best interests to have a French president, a French general
secretary…but in any event I don’t think it’s in our best
interests to do that.
“I have told him (Blatter) that we who have supported him
faithfully have not benefited from that support. We stood up and
backed him and then he went to embrace his enemies and not his
Warner was charged with bribery by FIFA but the investigation
was dropped after he resigned from all football activities in
He continues to be a senior government minister in Trinidad and
Tobago, and last month accused FIFA of “devastating lives” and
damaging football in the Caribbean in an attempt to clean up their
FIFA’s ethics committee are expected to deliver their judgments
on the 15 Caribbean officials on Friday.