Jack Warner fears for his life
PORT OF SPAIN –– Former FIFA vice-president Austin “Jack” Warner has said in a TV address that he will reveal all he knows about corruption at world football’s governing body.
Warner, who said he feared for his life, also said he could link FIFA officials to general elections in his native Trinidad and Tobago in 2010.
He is one of the 14 people charged by the US over alleged corruption at FIFA.
Another top FIFA official and key witness, American Chuck Blazer, has admitted accepting bribes.
The admissions came in a newly released transcript of Blazer’s guilty plea from 2013, as part of a wide-ranging US criminal case that has engulfed FIFA and led president Sepp Blatter to resign.
The US justice department alleges the 14 people charged worldwide accepted bribes and kickbacks estimated at more than $150m (£97m) over a 24-year period. Four others have already been charged, including Blazer.
Warner, 72, resigned from all football activity in 2011 amid bribery allegations and later stepped down as Trinidad and Tobago’s security minister amid a fraud inquiry.
A key figure in the deepening scandal, he said he had given lawyers documents outlining the links between FIFA, its funding, himself and the 2010 election in Trinidad and Tobago. He said the transactions also included Blatter.
“I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country,” he said in an address on Trinidadian TV yesterday evening entitled “The gloves are off”.
Speaking to his supporters at a rally later the same day, he promised an “avalanche” of revelations to come.