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Warner’s unaudited spread sheet:
Look for the 33% deducted ‘for South Africa.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The things they say...

‘Neither FIFA nor its President have anything to hide, nor do they wish to.’

Blatter press release, 28 January, 2003


BBC Panorama Reporter Andy Davies:

‘A one million franc bribe … is it not correct that Mr Blatter asked that it be moved to the FIFA official who was named on the payment slip?’

FIFA Director of Communications Markus Siegler:

‘If you do not stop now, then we call the security and we put you out.’

FIFA Press conference, Zurich, Tuesday, 11 April 2006


‘I am deputy chairman of the finance committee of FIFA. I oversee a budget of US$2 billion and I have never seen one iota of corruption.’

Jack Warner, Trinidad Express 12 December 2004


‘Lying and deception and bad faith are standard operating procedure at FIFA.’

Adam C. Silverstein, a lawyer for MasterCard in their successful action against FIFA, New York, December 1, 2006


‘I do not believe a Jew can ever be a referee at that level (Argentine Premier League) because it’s hard work and, you know, Jews don’t like hard work.’

FIFA senior vice-president and chair of Finance Committee, Julio Grondona, 5 July 2003. Buenos Aires


‘FIFA is a healthy, clean and transparent organisation with nothing to hide. There is huge public interest in FIFA, therefore we have to be as transparent as possible. We will try to communicate in a more open way so the world can believe us and be proud of their federation.’

FIFA General Secretary Urs Linsi, January 2003, on fifa.com


 

Jack Warner still won’t pay Soca Warriors their 2006 World Cup money

 

More months passed. Small creatures lived out their life cycles and the leaves fell. Then in October Warner’s accountant produced the long-awaited spreadsheet.

 

It was surprisingly short. ‘Consistent with normal accounting principles we have made estimates in such instances where specific documentation was unavailable.’ There were more holes. Sponsors appeared to have paid less than their earlier press releases claimed. Some sponsors – and their money – had fallen off the page.

 

And another surprise! One third of their money was being withheld to fund the next campaign, to qualify for 2010.  Warner insisted that sponsors had insisted – until the claim became so lacking in credibility that he abandoned it, gracelessly.

 

But here was the bottom line: Warner had sold their bodies for millions – and their share was £494 a man!

 

Dwight Yorke told reporters, ‘The contracts we enter into are not worth the paper they are written on.’ The majority of the squad hired London sports lawyer Mike Townley. Warner promptly blacklisted them saying, ‘I lose no sleep, I have nothing to be worried about, absolutely nothing.’ For players needing regular international games to keep work permits, it was a disaster.

 

Jack’s crony Trinidad Federation general secretary Richard Groden accused the team of  ‘delinquency’ and ‘less than honourable motives.’ Warner added that they were ‘greedy’.

 

Six more months passed and in mid-2007 Warner popped up to commend his officials (code for himself) for their ‘principled stand in resisting being blackmailed by certain players.’ He added, ‘Their demands are not justified and until they drop all court action, they remain outside the pale of organised football.’

 

Lawyer Townley turned to FIFA. Was this a case for FIFA’s Ethics Committee, chair Seb Coe? No, Townley was told, it’s an internal matter, we refer you to Jack Warner to sort it out.

 

Townley made a Freedom of Information request to the Trinidad Government. That brought another surprise. Warner had neglected to reveal the additional £18 million contributed by taxpayers to the campaign’s cost – freeing up more money for the players.

 

It wasn’t looking so good for Warner at home so he agreed to switch the dispute from a Trinidad courtroom to arbitration in faraway London.

 

That hearing was at the end of April this year and its confidential Decision was passed to both parties on May 19. The Warriors won all they asked for, disclosure of all contracts and revenues raked in by the Warners and 50% of the total. The Warriors were looking to get – at last - the big money they are owed.