– LONDON/PORT OF SPAIN: Jack Warner will not release the full power of his long-awaited “football tsunami” until after the Court of Arbitration for Sport has judged Mohamed Bin Hammam’s appeal against a life ban from football.
The two men organised a Caribbean Football Union conference in May after which Qatari Bin Hammam, then head of the Asian confederation, was expelled from the game over bribery allegations. Some 13 CFU delegates have also received a variety of sanctions.
Warner, who had been president of CONCACAF and the CFU as well as FIFA vice-president, preferred to walk away rather than face the Ethics Committee ‘court’ and concentrate on his political career back home in Trinidad where is Minister of Works and occasional Acting Prime Minister.
His most recent contribution to a parliamentary debate on corruption charges against development companies was to urge Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar to “mash them up.”
Warner has also been angered by internet publication last week of a video of him discussing Bin Hammam’s “gifts” last May at the CFU conference at which the Qatari talked up his ultimately doomed FIFA presidential bid.
Targets of anger
In a letter which the Trinidad Guardian has now published in full [and is replicated below] Warner warns of the full extent of his targets of attack to be delivered “in the fullness of time.”
These include an attack against FIFA in general; allegations about its vindictiveness, racism, Zionism and religious discrimination; about how Sepp Blatter secured his presidential election in 1998 and again in 2002; about a “plot” to impose Michel Platini as the next president; about Chuck Blazer’s role and rivalries; about attacks on Warner’s own business interests.
He concludes: “Today the Caribbean is paying the price for standing up! What is now even more interesting is that in spite of being a senior FIFA official for 23 years and serving as the FIFA’s eighth president for a period of 13 years, Sepp Blatter now suddenly sees the need to reform the FIFA from within in his last term of office and in the sunset of his days.
“This is hypocritical to say the least for it is public knowledge that his four terms of office have been dogged with controversy and allegations of corruption to which he has never responded.
“Why now I ask? But of this I will have much more to say.”
Warner’s timing may not be unconnected with the fact that FIFA holds, on Thursday and Friday this week, its first formal executive meeting since Congress last June. Blatter is expected to outline his proposals for reform of the World Cup selection process, of a more vigorous clean-up system and of governance reform.