MIAMI - Barred CONCACAF president Jack
Warner was accused of breaching his suspension on Tuesday after
reminding Caribbean Football Union members they should vote for
incumbent Sepp Blatter in FIFA's presidential election.
Warner, who was provisionally suspended on Sunday pending an
ethics committee investigation into allegations of bribery,
asked the members not to protest against his suspension during
Wednesday's FIFA congress in Zurich.
"At our last meeting we agreed as a Union to support the
incumbent Joseph Sepp Blatter in his quest to regain the
Presidency," Warner wrote in a letter.
"I wish to assure you nothing has changed - our mandate was
set then and despite it all we must fulfil it."
Blatter is standing unopposed in the election after Mohamed Bin Hammam dropped out of the race, and was later suspended by
FIFA along with Warner.
Warner's position is a surprising one given that he had
called for FIFA members to "stop Blatter" as recently as Sunday.
It also raised questions about whether, in writing the
letter and giving advice to members, the Trinidadian has
breached the suspension which bars him from 'football
activities' at FIFA, international and national level.
Chuck Blazer, the CONCACAF general secretary, told Reuters
he had already reported Warner for other, unspecified, breaches
by Warner of his suspension.
"That's a violation of his suspension from all football
activities," Blazer said of the letter.
He later told reporters in Zurich that "we have clear
evidence of a violation of his suspension and we have reported
that to the FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke."
On Monday, CONCACAF announced that Lisle Austin of Barbados
was taking over from Warner as interim president.
Although no protest had been announced or even hinted at by
any CONCACAF member associations Warner urged CFU members to
attend the Zurich congress.
"I, Jack Warner, a servant and believer in the principles of
this beautiful game do humbly beseech you, my brothers and
sisters from the Caribbean Football Union to desist from
initiating any protest action at tomorrow's FIFA Congress.
"My family, our foundation has been rocked and our strength
is being tested but I urge you for the good of the game to
attend tomorrow's Congress and fulfill your duties in
representing the Caribbean," wrote Warner.
"I know many of you are hurting and it is only human nature
that you would want to demonstrate your anger but despite all we
must not fuel a fire set by others to incinerate all that we
"Daily we are subjected to attacks of division. Do not lose
faith, for in life good will always prevail; there is no better
education than adversity and when this is over we will rise from
the ashes and like the phoenix of legend, we will soar once
"We are being chastised for our belief in fair play and
freedom of speech but let not your heart be daunted. We are
Caribbean people, our history is tattooed with stories of
struggle, but we have always risen," he wrote.
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