The orgy of corruption scandals emanating from the FIFA Headquarters took a new dimension last night when former Vice-President of the soccer body, Jack Warner, vowed to expose secrets of corruption in FIFA and the out-going president, Sepp Blatter.
Jack Warner said he had his own Fifa corruption revelations
Jack Warner, made a televised address in Trinidad on Wednesday night, saying he will prove a link between soccer’s governing body and his nation’s elections in 2010.
Mr Warner is among nine Fifa officials and five corporate executives charged by the US Department of Justice with running a criminal enterprise that involved more than $150 million in bribes. He has maintained his innocence but showed that he planned to fight back with his own explosive revelations of wrongdoing, apparently aimed at galvanising local support
Earlier this week Jack Warner made the mistake of responding to a satirical article in The Onion
“I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country,” he said.
Still, a half-hour after the speech aired, Mr Warner appeared at his Independent Liberal Party’s rally held under a canopy on a residential street. At least a couple hundred people were present when Warner spoke, many of them having not seen the televised remarks.
Mr Warner said he has documents and checks that link Fifa officials, including embattled president Sepp Blatter, to the 2010 election in Trinidad and Tobago.
“I apologise for not disclosing my knowledge of these events before,” he said.
At his rally, Mr Warner – mopping sweat from his forehead several times – told supporters that he will not hold back in his newfound plan to expose scandal.
He said he has compiled reams of documents and is delivering them to his attorneys, for them to disseminate as they see.
“Not even death will stop the avalanche that is coming,” he said as his supporters cheered in celebration. “The die is cast. There can be no turning back. Let the chips fall where they fall.”
Mr Warner also said that when he heard Mr Blatter was stepping down, he wrote him to urge his immediate departure from Fifa.
“Blatter knows why he fell. And if anyone else knows, I do,” Warner said.