PORT OF SPAIN - Trinidad and Tobago's
parliamentary opposition on Wednesday called on the prime
minister to fire former FIFA Vice-President Jack Warner from her
government, days after he resigned from football's world governing
The call followed a preliminary report by FIFA's Ethics Committee that found "overwhelming" evidence Warner was involved
in a cash-for-votes scandal rocking the organisation.
Warner, who is the transportation minister in Trinidad and
Tobago, quit FIFA on Monday. His decision led FIFA to drop an
investigation into bribery allegations against him. He has
repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
Keith Rowley, an opposition leader, told reporters Prime
Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar should dismiss Warner from his
"It is wholly unacceptable for an individual to be so
disgraced in an international organisation, falling short of
matters of ethics and integrity and still be allowed to remain
as a cabinet minister," he told reporters.
The findings in the FIFA report "means the prime minister of
Trinidad and Tobago now has a decision to make," Rowley added.
Before stepping down from FIFA, Warner was being
investigated in a bribery scandal linked to the campaign of
former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Warner and Bin Hammam were both suspended in late May after
accusations they attempted to bribe delegates of the Caribbean
Football Union with inducements of $40,000 to vote for Bin
Qatari Bin Hammam, who has also denied wrongdoing,
eventually quit the race for the presidency, paving the way for
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