Former FIFA Vice President Banned For Life From Football

Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been banned for life by the organisation’s ethics committee.

The committee have taken the action four years after Warner stepped out of the football limelight.
The ruling coincides with an investigation into Sepp Blatter’s disgraced former vice-president, who is also facing criminal charges in the United States over an alleged £100 million fraud.

A Fifa statement read:

 “The adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has decided to ban the former FIFA Vice-President and Executive Committee member as well as CONCACAF President, Mr Jack Warner, from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for life. 

“The decision was taken on the basis of investigations carried out by the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee following its report on the inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process. 

“The chairman of the investigatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, Dr Cornel Borbély, who took over the chairmanship from his predecessor in late December 2014, immediately opened the investigation into Mr Warner’s activities in January 2015. 

“Mr Warner 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.  

“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.”

The ethics committee previously chose not to pursue a case against the former president of Concacaf, because he was no longer involved in football. But a change of policy saw it go after Trinidad and Tobago’s former minister of national security, even though he has little prospect of returning to the game.

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