20 Jun 2011

Fifa’s scandal-dogged Vice-President Jack Warner resigns

The scandal-hit Vice-President of Fifa, Jack Warner, resigns and Fifa says that all pending investigations into his conduct will close.


Fifa circle of power.

Fifa statement in full

Jack A Warner has informed Fifa about his resignation from his posts in international football.

Fifa regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner’s decision. His resignation has been accepted by world football’s governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particular and the Concacaf confederation are appreciated and acknowledged.

Mr Warner is leaving Fifa by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad & Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country’s coalition government.

The Fifa Executive Committee, the Fifa President and the Fifa management thank Mr Warner for his services to Caribbean, Concacaf and international football over his many years devoted to football at both regional and international level, and wish him well for the future.

As a consequence of Mr Warner’s self-determined resignation, all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained.

Allegations of corruption have dogged Fifa for years, with the most recent accusations being that Qatar (which won the right to host the World Cup in 2022) had “bought” the tournament.

The allegations came from an e-mail sent by Fifa’s General Secretary Jerome Valcke to the organisation’s President, Sepp Blatter, in which Mr Valcke wondered if Mr bin Hamman was running for President because he thought he could “buy Fifa as they bought the WC (World Cup)”.

Mr Blatter was subsequently re-elected as Fifa President for another four year term.