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Warner is the worst of them. Anyone who thinks this is anything other than scapegoating or anyone who feels any need to sympathise with ol' Jack needs to have a little read up on his past. The fact that he thinks the BBC and Sunday Times were wrong only makes me want to applaud their investigations even more.

EXPOSED: The secret document that shows Fifa’s own ExCo members wanted ticket tout Jack Warner booted out

By Nick Harris

7 December 2010

As the Fifa vice-president Jack Warner claims that the world governing body could not have voted for England’s 2018 World Cup bid because of the English media' date=' sportingintelligence publishes an extract from a secret Fifa document (scan at bottom of page) that shows some of his own colleagues believed he should have been booted out of Fifa years ago for a conflict of interest over his serial ticket touting.

Warner, 67, a former teacher, rose to football prominence and a lavish Fifa-funded lifestyle via his local, national and then regional football associations to become the vice-president of Concacaf in 1983, and president in 1990; he has been a Fifa VP since 1993.

He has routinely courted controversy, including for his involvement in ticket touting, his failure to pay bonuses to Trinidad & Tobago players, and asking for a match fee for a friendly to be paid into his personal account, among other things.

Today, trying to explain how he came to promise Prince William, David Cameron and David Beckham that he would vote for England’s 2018 bid but then betrayed them, he said: “Suffice it to say that the FIFA ExCo as a body could not have voted for England having been insulted by their media in the worst possible way at the same time. To do so would have been the ultimate insult [to FIFA'].”

(Warner was displeased that some media, including the Sunday Times and Panorama, had reported that some Fifa officials are corrupt).

Why Warner remains a member of the Fifa ExCo is a mystery given his history; the most plausible explanation being that he has been protected by allies within the organisation.

Certainly in 2006 there seemed to be a sound case for kicking Warner out of Fifa – and that was according to Fifa’s own ethics committee, which at the time included figures as senior as the current ExCo members Mohamed Bin Hammam (Qatar) and Senes Erzik (Turkey).

Among the other men on the ethics committee at the time were Dominique Rocheteau (former French striker, now French FA ethics official), Juan Damiani (a Uruguayan official), Les Murray (from Australia, still on the committee) and Burton Haimes (from the USA).

The committee was sitting in judgement of Warner because of his persistent involvement in 2006 World Cup ticket touting.

Warner had been accused of taking tranches of World Cup tickets destined for the Caribbean market and selling them off at massive profits via his family-owned travel business, Simpaul.

Warner claimed he didn’t know this was against any rules and didn’t see any conflict of interest; and argued that Simpaul had been doing this for 19 years – longer than the ethics committee had existed.

The secret hearing of the ethics committee – where Warner stood accused of multiple breaches of Fifa’s ethics code – resulted in a seven-page document of minutes, detailing the views expressed about Warner and his conduct. The key page is reproduced in full below as a scan.

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Some of the conclusions

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BIN HAMMAM: ‘What was unethical about the matter was that the company belonged to Mr Warner. As a Fifa vice-president, he [Warner] should not be selling tickets for the World Cup.’

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ROCHETEAU: ‘Though Warner had been involved in football for 20 years he had to abide by the rules.’

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ERZIK: ‘Very surprised that Simpaul was still selling tickets.’

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DAMIANI: ‘In no doubt that there was a conflict of interests between Mr Warner’s company and his official position … irrelevant whether the Code of Ethics was now in force or not … did not believe Mr Warner had acted properly in the last 19 years.’

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MURRAY: ‘A very simple and clear cut case and a serious matter. It was the committee’s duty to protect Fifa’s reputation.’

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The verdict? The committee were unanimous that Jack A Warner was “in a conflict of interests and the Code of Ethics [three separate articles] has been violated as a result.”

One of the breaches, Article 3, paragraph 2, concerned declaration of interests that may interfere with duties, an article deemed serious enough to dictate “eligibility for and removal from office”.

Except Warner wasn’t removed from office.

The ethics committee passed the matter to the ExCo – inhabited by Jack Warner and friends – and he was secretly asked to pay $1m to charity, most of which still hasn’t been paid today.

That nugget (the fine) was one snippet in the recent Panorama show that annoyed Warner so much.

No wonder Warner couldn’t, in all conscience, vote for a bid from a country where the media occasionally highlight the corrupt profiteering of its leading officials.

http://www.sportingintelligence.com/2010/12/07/exposed-the-secret-document-that-shows-fifa%E2%80%99s-own-exco-members-wanted-ticket-tout-jack-warner-booted-out-071201/

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Warner should not be running sport at any level, anywhere. The very fact that such a despicable individual holds such clout says everything about FIFA. So does the fact that the FIFA general secretary can have the nerve to describe the vote as "perfectly organised" and "transparent". I've seen more transparent freezing fog!

We all know the reasons why the winning bids won and certain bids lost. Warner can talk about the media all he wants. He is a liar and his ticket-touting activities put him on the same level of scum as MPs who fiddle their expenses.

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If I changed FIFA.

Executive Committee

1 President, 1 Vice-President, the 6 heads of the Confederations

Governing Body

1 representative each from: Japan, Korea, Nigeria, Egypt, Italy, Spain, France, England, Germany, Russia, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Mexico and USA and 16 members selected every 4 years at the FIFA Congress. The representatives from each of the members has a 8 year term limit. As do all heads of the Confederations, the VP and the President.

The hosts are selected by majority vote from the 39 members of the aforementioned bodies, no earlier than 8 years before the event.

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Well, here is a proposal I would have:

90 voters:

-The president, 3 vice presidents and the presidents of each confederations (they would be the executive), 10.

-Two male and female athlete representative of each confederation, one elected every two years to a four year term, one term max as athlete representative, so 24 total.

-The president of each national federation that qualified for the last World Cup and Women's world Cup (currently 48, but soon to be 56). If a national federation qualifies for both the men's and women's world cup, then they get two representatives (ideally there president and vice-president).

This should give a good balance of membership, and also gives a political reward for nations that develop there national teams. The total term limit would be 4 (5 for former athletes representative), each term would last four years and it would not be permitted to be on the executive for more that two terms, someone elected as president of FIFA would be allowed a maximum of two terms as president, regardless of past terms. Also, the president of FIFA would only be allowed to vote in a tie-breaker situation.

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England's Football Association reportedly to vote against Sepp Blatter in upcoming FIFA elections

Anger at England's treatment during their 2018 FIFA World Cup bid is thought to be behind the Football Association's move to vote against Sepp Blatter in the next FIFA election.

The FA has yet to take an official position on the June vote, but the BBC is reporting senior officials are keen to back any credible challengers to Blatter.

England were one of the favourites to host the 2018 World Cup, but were knocked out in the first round of voting.

Immediately after the World Cup vote in December last year, the FA's acting chairman Roger Burden withdrew his candidacy to be permanent chairman because he "could not trust" FIFA.

One FA source says England's governing body is willing to write to AFC chief Mohamed Bin Hammam to urge him to stand against Blatter.

Bin Hammam's home nation of Qatar was controversially awarded the rights to host the 2022 FIFA World Cup, ahead of Australia.

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"We would consider contacting him (Bin Hammam) to offer our support," said one FA member.

"We think three terms is enough."

Blatter was re-elected unchallenged in 2007 and will seek his fourth term in a vote that will be taken in Zurich on 1 June.

Blatter has backed the voting process and says he will go quietly if he loses the election.

"We are now in an elected process and the race is open. I have received support from different national associations to stand again.

"If I win then OK, if lose I say 'thank you' then go away. You will have your new face and then we will see what will happen."

Fox Sports

The only problem is, does Bin Hammam really inspire any more confidence than Sepp???????

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Bring back Monique Berlioux!!

Is she still alive?

Now SHE'S someone who knows where all the bodies are buried (actually, didn't she say that much herself when she was toppled?)

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Is she still alive?

Now SHE'S someone who knows where all the bodies are buried (actually, didn't she say that much herself when she was toppled?)

I think the dear old lady has already passed on but her date of death is NOT recorded!?! :blink:

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