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Did Jack Warner receive "gifts" from FIFA? Will Sepp Blatter resign?

Jack Warner discloses he received sale of the World Cup Rights, and other inducements from FIFA to support Sepp Blatter.

2011/12/31 06:44 AM

By: Jeff

Is this the tsunami promised by disgraced former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, as his revelations will certainly rock FIFA, and the football nations of the world?

"In 2011, in exchange for my support (and by extension the support of the CFU and the CONCACAF) in the FIFA presidential election, the FIFA again offered me the sale of the World Cup Rights for 2018 and 2022 as a 'gift' at a nominal fee," Warner said last Thusday.

"FIFA also agreed to pay for the re-grassing of the Marvin Lee Stadium at the Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence (here) and as well as to grant two US$500,000 Goal Projects as a gift to the CONCACACF to do with as CONCACAF wished."

"Notwithstanding the inducements offered, I refused to endorse Sepp Blatter for the 2011 FIFA presidential election," Warner said.

According to Bloomberg, the governing body said in an email that "it will look into" Warner's comments, while its spokesman Brian Alexander declined to make any immediate response.

Pat Rousseau, chairman of International Media Content (IMC) and its subsidiary, SportsMax, had said in October that, "With minor variations, FIFA has signed a new contract directly with IMC for us to be original owners of broadcast rights for the region of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil."

The broadcast rights, which became an issue after the original owner, Trinidad-based JD International (JDI), was stripped of the privilege by FIFA, will see IMC/SportsMax delivering the event to a host of broadcasters around the Caribbean region.

JDI, which is owned by Austin 'Jack' Warner, and had sold the broadcast rights to IMC/SportsMax in 2007 for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, was stripped of this right after Warner was implicated in a recent FIFA presidential cash-for-votes scandal.(Gleaner)

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