PORT OF SPAIN: Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has said he knows the real reasons for Sepp Blatter’s resignation as president FIFA and repeated his claim that he has an “avalanche” of evidence regarding corruption within the world football federation.
In a televised address entitled: The gloves are off and broadcast in Trinidad and Tobago, Warner said he would reveal everything he knows.
This included allegations of FIFA medddling in the Trinidad and Tobagto general election in 2010.
Warner, who is contesting an extradition application from the United States after being indicted on a string of corruption charges, said documents in possession covered a range of nefarious FIFA activities.
The documents purported to show “a link between FIFA, its funding and me, the link between FIFA its funding and the United National Congress and the People’s Partnership government in our general election in 2010.”
Warner said his file “also deals with my knowledge of international transactions at FIFA, including its president Mr Sepp Blatter and, lastly, other matters involving (Trinidad and Tobago’s) current prime minister.
No more secrets
“I apologise for not disclosing my knowledge of these events before. There can be no reversal of the course of action I’ve now embarked upon.
“I have kept quiet, fearing this day might come. I will do so no more. I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country. I reasonably actually fear for my life.”
Warner added that: “Blatter knows why he fell – and if anyone else knows, I do.”
After walking out on football after the 2011 cash-for-votes scandal Warner had claimed that he would a “football tsunami” which would sweep away the governing clique in football. He never did.
Now the tsunami has been converted into an avalanche.
Warner said: “Not even death will stop the avalanche that is coming. The die is cast. There can be no turning back. Let the chips fall where they fall.”
He insisted that he would continue to fight extradition to the US and gave notice of a strategy to bargain dropping of all charges in exchange for his inside knowledge from two decades as president of the central and north American confederation, CONCACAF.
Warner has been accused of accepting bribes in the awards of both the 1998 and 2010 World Cups in court papers concerning the corruption admissions of his former close aide, Chuck Blazer.