Top FIFA official to be questioned

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:36 IST

Jack Warner, a FIFA vice president, will face the organisation's disciplinary committee over allegations of scalping during the World Cup.

Top FIFA official to be questioned

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Jack Warner, a FIFA vice president, will face the organisation's disciplinary committee over allegations he illegally sold thousands of tickets during the World Cup. FIFA president Sepp Blatter told a press conference on Friday that Warner - the president of CONCACAF - would have to go before the 19-member committee over accusations that he sold World Cup tickets at inflated prices. According to British media reports this week, Warner was involved in the sale of thousands of World Cup tickets on the black market, including to 900 England fans. The Daily Mail reported it had obtained confidential reports produced by auditors Ernst & Young for FIFA revealing that Warner made at least 933,000 dollars selling World Cup tickets. In a statement released through CONCACAF late on Friday, Warner disputed the accusations and said he had instructed his Swiss lawyers to sue for defamation "against persons unknown and in the environment of FIFA and the authors of the report, Ernst & Young." "I was shocked when I saw the report in the media and all the more shocked when I read the incorrect facts and conclusions it contained," Warner said in the release. "The report is incomplete, biased and wrong." Blatter said that FIFA's newly established ethics committee was "not the appropriate venue" to investigate the claims against Warner. "The ethics committee is not ready to deal with cases that occurred until now," Blatter said. FIFA spokesman Andreas Herren said later that no date has been set for the committee to meet. (AP)

Topics : Football France Mexico South Africa Republic of Ireland Federation Internationale de Football Association
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