NEWS FLASH! Call the police! Daryan Warner has disappeared! If you spot him in the Caribbean please email me and I’ll let his mum and dad know he’s safe.Daryan’s vanishing act coincides with attempts to question him about claims that scarce tickets for the Trinidad versus England match on June 1 were being touted from his business premises.
New Warner tickets racket
By Andrew Jennings
Sunday June 1, 2008
Jack Warner, king of the World Cup ticket touts and a FIFA vice-president, was at it again last weekend, announcing the Trinidad v England game was a sell-out – while secretly giving his son Daryan hundreds of high-price tickets to sell to desperate fans.
‘I and six friends – from England, Scotland and Wales - flew to Trinidad from Barbados for the game,’ England fan Grant Trebble told me. ‘We hadn’t got tickets so we asked around. We were told we could purchase them from a Warner-owned jet ski shop in the town of Maraval.
‘The woman in the shop had piles of $100 tickets (£51) but only for cash. She wouldn’t take credit cards. She told us they had been kept back for dignitaries and guests of the T&TFA and were for numbered seats in the covered stand.’
Mr Trebble, a businessman in Barbados for the past 18 years, added, ‘When we got to the stadium our tickets were taken from us so we couldn’t claim our numbered seats. The announcers kept asking people to move on to let more fans into the ground. By the time the game started it was hard to see any safety staircases, there were so many fans crammed on them.’
Jack Warner’s son Daryan owns the Atlantis Maritime Jet Ski Shop in Maraval. It is also home to Daryan’s Nauti Krew company, used to launder thousands of tickets obtained illicitly by the Warners for the 2006 World Cup.
After I exposed this racketeering FIFA’s executive committee secretly ordered that a travel agents owned by the Warner family must pay one million dollars to charity ‘to compensate for the profits it had made through the resale of 2006 FIFA World Cup tickets.’
The company paid $250,000 in March last year, coincidentally the same amount as FIFA’s annual grant to the T&TFF, leaving a balance of $875,134 still to be paid.
The densely crowded Hasely Crawford stadium last Sunday is reminiscent of another big game back in 1989 when the USA travelled to Trinidad to contest a final slot in the 1990 World Cup in Italy. Warner printed 45,000 tickets even though the stadium would hold only 28,500 fans.
Although Jack Warner had a ticket surplus last weekend he refused to give any to members of the Trinidad World Cup squad that qualified for Germany 2006 – providing even more tickets for the Warners to sell on the black market. Two weeks ago an arbitrator ordered Warner to stump up millions of pounds in profits from 2006 that he had refused to hand over to the players.
The weary England squad were dragged to an unwanted game in Trinidad because the FA seeks Warner’s support for their bid to host the 2018 World Cup. For the last week the London sports press, which previously attacked Warner’s venality and ticket rackets, now report uncritically his every rambling, disjointed pronouncement about support for England, for a USA bid, the role of David Beckham and the blazers at the FA.
As we went to press, Daryan Warner was, according to his attorney, unavailable for comment. Jack Warner did not respond to our questions, and FIFA claimed they would be unable to respond until next week.