FIFA Executive Warner Gets Life Ban

FIFA's ethics committee yesterday banned former vice-president Jack Warner from football-related activities for life.

Warner, who left FIFA in 2011 after being implicated in a bribery scandal, was investigated by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee following its report on the inquiry into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process.

“Mr. Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF (the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football),” a statement said.

“In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes.”

The ban is effective from Friday Sept. 25 - the date the Swiss attorney general's office announced it was launching a criminal investigation into FIFA president Joseph Blatter.

Part of the Swiss investigation concerns a contract signed in 2005 by Blatter with the Caribbean Football Union, led at the time by Warner, which was “unfavourable for FIFA.”

Warner, 72, from Trinidad and Tobago, is currently on 2.5-million-dollar bail awaiting extradition to the U.S., where he faces indictment on racketeering charges.