Ex-fifa boss gets life ban

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

ZURICH — For­mer FIFA vice-pres­i­dent Jack Warner has been banned for life from all football-re­lated ac­tiv­ity, the ad­ju­di­ca­tory cham­ber of the Ethics Com­mit­tee of the sport’s world gov­ern­ing body said on Tues­day.

The for­mer Caribbean fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent “was found to have com­mit­ted many and var­i­ous acts of mis­con­duct con­tin­u­ously and re­peat­edly dur­ing his time as an of­fi­cial in dif­fer­ent high-rank­ing and in­flu­en­tial po­si­tions at FIFA and CONCACAF” said the Ethics Com­mit­tee state­ment.

The 72-year-old’s ban cov­ers all football ac­tiv­ity at both a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional level and is ef­fec­tive from 25 Septem­ber.

“In his po­si­tions as a football of­fi­cial, he was a key player in schemes in­volv­ing the of­fer, ac­cep­tance, and re­ceipt of undis­closed and illegal pay­ments, as well as other money-mak­ing schemes,” added the state­ment.

Warner is also fight­ing ex­tra­di­tion from his home­land in Trinidad and Tobago to the United States to face 12 charges of wire fraud, rack­e­teer­ing and money laun­der­ing re­lated to the on­go­ing FIFA cor­rup­tion

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He faces a hear­ing in his home­land in De­cem­ber. US author­i­ties, who have charged 14 FIFA of­fi­cials and sports mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tives of so­lic­it­ing and re­ceiv­ing more than $150 mil­lion in bribes and kick­backs over two decades, ap­plied in July for Warner’s ex­tra­di­tion.

Warner has pre­vi­ously been a mem­ber of par­lia­ment as well as FIFA vice-pres­i­dent and pres­i­dent of both the North and Cen­tral Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion (CONCACAF) and the Caribbean Football Union.

He is ac­cused, amongst other things, of buy­ing the tele­vi­sion rights to the 2010 and 2014 World Cup tour­na­ments from FIFA pres­i­dent Sepp Blat­ter for grossly de­flated sums. — AFP

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