Trinidad soccer federation to sue Warner for funds
Trinidad and Tobago’s soccer federation said Friday that it
plans to sue former FIFA vice president Jack Warner to recover
millions of dollars in funds, including those slated for Haiti as a
Federation lawyer Derek Ali told a judge that he planned to file
a lawsuit and accused Warner of not releasing the audited accounts.
High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad ordered Ali to send Warner a
protocol letter advising him of the federation’s intentions.
The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation recently
acknowledged it had ”surrendered its authority” to Warner, who
had served as the federation’s special adviser and resigned last
year to avoid a bribery probe by FIFA.
Warner spoke briefly to reporters after the federation made its
”That is their right to do so,” he said. ”Let us see what
The federation has said that Warner controlled a bank account in
its name that was set to receive $750,000 pledged by FIFA and South
Korean soccer leader Chung Mong-joon for soccer rebuilding projects
Haitian officials recently told The Sunday Times in Britain that
they received only $60,000, and FIFA announced it was temporarily
freezing its funding to Trinidad and Tobago.
Trinidad’s soccer federation also is seeking to recover millions
of dollars in bonuses that 13 players from the island’s 2006 World
Cup team claim Warner promised them but never paid.
Last year, Judge Devindra Rampersad ordered Warner to make an
interim payment to players of more than $700,000, but Warner has
not done so.
Warner previously made a $1 million payment and said he has
offered $2.3 million to the players, whom he accused of being
greedy after they demanded $3.9 million.
Warner resigned last year after nearly 30 years as president of
soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the
Caribbean. As a result, FIFA cannot discipline him but has said
that it will withhold his pension payments.
Warner, a member of Trinidad’s ruling party, still serves as the
island’s Minister of Works and is considered to be a powerful
Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said Friday that
authorities are investigating several projects launched by Warner’s
ministry. She declined further comment.