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Jack Warner Resigns from FIFA. Will Kamla Persad-Bissessar Ask for his Resignation?

The resignation of Jack Warner from the FIFA Executive board means all bribery allegations and investigations will come to an end as all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed, and the presumption of innocence is maintained

2011/06/20 12:00 AM

By: gop

Jack Warner who was The Vice President of FIFA has tendered his resignation to that organization which is believed to be an effort according to him to save Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) and the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) from further injury as he was suspended and was under investigations of what until this time were mere allegations.

"This decision is by my own volition and self-determination; albeit it comes during the sequel to the contentious Mohammed bin Hammam meeting in Port of Spain in May with CFU Delegates," Warner said.

"I am convinced, and I am advised by counsel, that since my actions did not extend beyond facilitating the meeting that gave Mr bin Hammam an opportunity to pursue his aborted bid for the FIFA presidency, I would be fully exonerated by any objective arbiter.

"I have, nonetheless, arrived at the decision to withdraw from FIFA affairs in order to spare FIFA, CONCACAF and, in particular, CFU and its membership, from further acrimony and divisiveness arising from this and related issues."

Jack A. Warner has informed FIFA about his resignation from his posts in international football. His resignation has been accepted by world football's governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particular and the CONCACAF confederation are appreciated and acknowledged.

Mr. Warner is leaving FIFA by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad and Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country's coalition government. (FIFA)

Following what has transpired, Jack Warner might have been proven innocent, but with his resignation, and closure to investigations will anyone really know?

Jack Warner, however, remains the Minister of Works and Transport in Trinidad and Tobago, amidst calls in the twin island republic for the prime minister to ask for the his resignation. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar had said she would not prejudge the allegations against Minister Warner, and until there is evidence to the contrary, she would stand by him.

The resignation from FIFA should prevent any further investigations, but will there be any further calls for Minister Warner's resignation from the government of Trinidad and Tobago, and possibly the Chairmanship of the United National Congress (UNC).

Although Warner has resigned he still is required as a witness while FIFA gathers evidence against failed presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam. Also facing the Ethics Committee inquiry are two CFU staffers, who allegedly helped hand out the brown envelopes of US$40,000 in US$100 notes to Caribbean officials in Port of Spain on May 10.

Mr. Warner had promise a tsunami in world football surrounding him being called before the FIFA Ethics Committee, but his resignation today will certainly cause shockwaves throughout the world, as news organizations feed upon the news.

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