Warner blasts ‘racist’ at England bid

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner is tackling the issue of ethnic and gender equality at England’s 2018 World Cup bid launch held last week at Wembley in London.

Warner said that inviting a British National Party councillor to England’s launch, while having only white and male speakers addressing the audience was an error that needed correcting quickly.

The British National Party is a far-right party with a long history of racist policies and violent behaviour to British immigrants.

Trinidadian Warner, the CONCACAF and CFU president, said: ‘It’s unfortunate that they did not consider minorities and had the BNP there…they made an error.’

Warner, the longest-serving FIFA executive member, believes that the English FA should take steps to reflect the country’s cultural diversity.

CONCACAF control three of the 24 votes cast by the FIFA executive committee that will decide who hosts the 2018 tournament.

Warner said: ‘England is one of the countries best poised to do it because they have the facilities, they have the best professional league at the moment, no one can fault their communications or hotels. What they have to do is find the means to build on their pluses, the positives. And, they have to reduce whatever negatives-whether real or imagined.’

Warner said he had yet to decide how he will vote when FIFA meets in December 2010 to determine the 2018 host country.