Warner lacks CONCACAF blessing

The region’s biggest football body is involved in controversy once again.

The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football said Jack Warner is out of line to sue Sir David Simmons, the former chairman of CONCACAF’s ethics committee which reported Warner, a former government minister in his native Trinidad, was fraudulent in his management of the governing body.

CONCACAF, which is under the leadership of Caymanian Jeffrey Webb, released a statement on the matter. The statement read, “CONCACAF unequivocally denies the allegation by Jack Warner that has been reported by the press that CONCACAF has given him permission to undertake or consented to any legal action by Mr. Warner against Sir David Simmons.

“CONCACAF has had no discussions with Mr. Warner regarding, nor does it consent to the undertaking of, any legal action against Sir Simmons, any other member of the integrity committee, any member or executive of CONCACAF or any member of the football community. CONCACAF fully supports the findings of the independent integrity committee.”

Simmons, a former chief justice in Barbados, as well as retired US District Court Judge Ricardo Urbina and ex-PwC partner and auditor Ernesto Hempe, released the report in April leading Warner to resign from the Trinidad government.

Warner is also a former FIFA vice president who was implicated in a bribery scandal while opposing group president Sepp Blatter’s re-election two years ago.

In April, Warner claimed FIFA gifted him $6 million toward an athletics training centre in Trinidad to gain Caribbean support for Blatter’s first election as 
president of the soccer federation in 1998.

He claimed it was part of a deal in May 1998 with then-FIFA President Joao Havelange.

Warner previously said a legal challenge will be mounted against Simmons and that he received an agreement from CONCACAF, in which he has permission to take legal action against Sir Simmons.

“Everything is timing,” Warner said. “In this country, the higher one is in office is the least likely he or she will ever resign on a principle. I did, others 
have not.”

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