Monday, 20 June 2011

Jack Warner Quits International Football Roles

Jack Warner the longest-serving member of Fifa's executive committee has resigned from position in international football as Fifa’s vice-president and president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).

Fifa have confirmed this was purely Warner’s own decision to step down.

The news that Warner has stepped down has come off the back of news that the Fifa Ethics Committee had cleared him of any wrong doing in the Corruption case, Warner had been accused of arranging backhanders to try to secure Mohamed Bin Hammam's election as FIFA president.

"Jack A. Warner has informed Fifa about his resignation from his posts in international football," read a Fifa statement.

"Fifa regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner's decision.

Warner and Bin Hammam were suspended last month after they were accused of giving or offering bribes of £25,000 each to the 25 members of the Caribbean Football Union.

"His resignation has been accepted by world football's governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particular and the Concacaf confederation are appreciated and acknowledged.

"Mr Warner is leaving Fifa by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad & Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country's coalition government.

"The Fifa executive committee, the Fifa president and the Fifa management thank Mr Warner for his services to Caribbean, Concacaf and international football over his many years devoted to football at both regional and international level, and wish him well for the future.

"As a consequence of Mr Warner's self-determined resignation, all ethics committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained."

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