NEW YORK: The permanent successor to controversial Jack Warner as president of the Central and North American Confederation will be voted in by a CONCACAF Congress scheduled for May 23 in Budapest.
CONCACAF frequently schedules its meetings in and around the annual FIFA Congress which is being staged over the succeeding two days then in the Hungarian capital.
Warner, Minister of Works in the Trinidad & Tobago government, had been due to continue as CONCACAF president until 2015. He had been re-elected unopposed last year for a sixth term.
However, he resigned months later and walked away from football rather than defend himself against bribery-linked allegations, which he denied, before the FIFA Ethics Committee.
Alfredo Hawit of Honduras is current acting president of CONCACAF which is not the only body which needs to replace Warner as president. So does the Caribbean Football Union. Many of its other leading officials received short bans or fines from FIFA for their involvement in events following a conference in Port of Spain last May when Qatari Mohamed Bin Hammam was pursuing, in vain, the FIFA presidency.
The ‘whistle-blower,’ FIFA exco member Chuck Blazer, stepped down as general secretary of CONCACAF last December.
Warner has since become embroiled in further controversy over a total of $750,000 provided by both FIFA and the South Korean federation towards aid work in Haiti after the 2010 earthquake there.
He has stated an intention to sue the Trinidad Express newspaper and journalist Lasana Liburd for allegations that very little of the money ever reached the Haiti federation.
The FHF president, Yves Jean-Bart, has claimed his organisation received only $60,000.