Former FIFA vice-president
Jack Warner has blamed Zionism for the circumstances that led to
him and former Asian Football Confederation chief Mohammed Bin
Hammam being forced out of world football.
Warner, 68, resigned from FIFA after ethics investigations
were begun into a meeting he held with Bin Hammam where FIFA say
payments were made to Caribbean football officials ahead of the
election for FIFA president in June.
Qatari Bin Hammam was handed a lifetime ban by FIFA for his
role in the affair while a number of Caribbean officials were
given suspensions last week.
Bin Hammam was not immediately available for comment.
Trinadadian Warner says in a letter to the Trinidad
Guardian, which will be published in full on Tuesday, he intends
to speak out on the affair and highlighted who he felt was to
blame for his downfall.
"I will talk about the Zionism, which probably is the most
important reason why this acrid attack on Bin Hammam and me was
mounted," Warner told the newspaper.
The payments, of $40,000 to each federation, came to light
after some Caribbean officials turned to American Chuck Blazer,
a FIFA Executive Committee member and general secretary of
CONCACAF, the regional body for North and Central America and
Blazer then handed evidence to FIFA which began an inquiry
which initially suspended Warner. The case against him was
dropped when he resigned all his posts in the game.
The Daily Telegraph in London last week published a video of
Warner explaining the payments to Caribbean officials and
The Trinidad Guardian cited Warner as saying he would reveal
gifts that FIFA President Sepp Blatter made in his
Warner also said he was unhappy with the way he had been
treated by FIFA since his resignation.
"FIFA has tried to muzzle me with threats of a worldwide
suspension. They have said that they will close down the FIFA
Development Office in Trinidad by year end.
"They have advised that they will terminate my son's 2012
contract at the end of this year. They have retaken the World
Cup TV Rights, a matter for which they have not heard the last.
"They have refused to give me any of my 29-year pension.
They continue to do such things like revealing a video in the
hope that they can embarrass me to lie down on my belly. Never,
I repeat, never, regardless of the consequences," he said.
Blazer, who worked alongside Warner at CONCACAF for most of
the last 20 years, told Reuters he was astonished by Warner's
"It's the most ludicrous and silly comment that I've ever
heard Jack make," Blazer said, adding that he had long and
well-established relationships in Middle Eastern football.
Blazer, 66, will stand down as CONCACAF general secretary
at the end of the year but will retain his seat on FIFA's
decision-making Executive Committee, which he has held since
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