Warner screams FIFA conspiring against Caribbean

Updated: 14 October 2011 18:07 IST

Jack Warner has described as a "conspiracy" against the Caribbean, the leak of a video appearing to show him urging officials to accept cash gifts from former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.

Warner screams FIFA conspiring against Caribbean

Port of Spain:

Jack Warner has described as a "conspiracy" against the Caribbean, the leak of a video appearing to show him urging officials to accept cash gifts from former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.

In the video, the former FIFA vice president can be heard urging fellow Caribbean Football Union officials to accept $40,000 cash gifts from bin Hammam at a meeting held May 11 in the Trinidad and Tobago capital.

Warner admitted Wednesday that the voice on the tape, urging Caribbean officials to accept the money and use it for development, was indeed his own.

But the former president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and CONCACAF said the timing of the leak in a week in which 15 regional officials are facing ethics committee hearings showed FIFA was prepared to do all it could to defend its position.

"The release of this video is tantamount to contempt because it seeks to influence international opinion against what is clearly a conspiracy against the delegates of the Caribbean Football Union," said Warner in a media statement.

"Moreover, there are a lot more questions which the FIFA should answer from this convenient revelation."

He said: "The Caribbean delegates are currently in Zurich and are actively involved in disciplinary proceedings established by the FIFA so this leak is clearly subjudicious and contrary to the very principles of law and justice.

"Regretfully, this is what defines the FIFA; a perceived right to do all in its power, right or wrong, to defend its own."

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