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Blatter must be 'stopped'

2011-05-30 07:01

Zurich - FIFA president Sepp Blatter must "be stopped", Jack Warner said on Sunday as he lashed out at the man he has backed through thick and thin for almost 30 years.

Clearly angry after being provisionally suspended by an ethics committee hearing, Warner said he had been the victim of a kangaroo court and expanded on earlier statements regarding a $1 million offer by Blatter to delegates of CONCACAF, the North, Central American and Caribbean confederation.

"Blatter has to be stopped, and if he believes that he has got (Chuck) Blazer as his ally... Blazer is an employee," senior FIFA executive committee member Warner said.

Blazer, who has been Warner's secretary general at CONCACAF for 21 years, sparked the ethics hearing with a report on a Caribbean Football Union meeting earlier this month in which he said there had been possible violations of the FIFA code of ethics including "bribery allegations."

That meeting was attended by Warner and Asian Football Confederation President Mohamed Bin Hammam - the Qatari was standing against Blatter for the FIFA presidency until he withdrew early on Sunday.

"Bin Hammam never gave any money to the countries of the Caribbean," he said. "Bin Hammam wired $260 000 to pay for accommodation, air fares, this is the norm," said Warner, who is regarded as a FIFA powerbroker and controls the 35 CONCACAF votes at the Congress which elects the FIFA president.

"If Bin Hammam had to give a bribe, why would he then have wired the money and not bring it with him."

He also showed a Reuters photographer and TV crews from Reuters Television and Sky Sports News the email he claimed was from FIFA general secretary Jerome Valcke in which Valcke suggested to Warner that Qatar had "bought" the 2022 World Cup.

"You don't have to believe me, you don't have to like me, nobody has to eat with me, drink with me or sleep with me but Jesus Christ, take the truth when you see it," he said, slapping pages of emails.

According to Warner, who read the email to camera, Valcke also claimed Bin Hammam was attempting to buy the presidential election in which he had been due to face Blatter on June 1 until he withdrew his candidacy on Sunday.

The Trinidad and Tobago government minister poured scorn on the ethics committee.

"They came premeditated, they weren't prepared to listen, they were hand-picked to do a task and they did just that," he added.

"The guys were hand-picked by Blatter," he said. "A kangaroo court would be a decent thing to say."

He said that at a CONCACAF Congress in Miami in May, Blatter had offered $1 million to delegates.

"(UEFA president Michel) Platini got angry because he had no permission from the finance committee to do that, Platini says to him 'but you can't do that...'"

Warner has been at the centre of many allegations over the years, but veteran FIFA observers have long understood Blatter gave him a free hand to administer CONCACAF as he saw fit in return for the bloc support of CONCACAF's 35-member federations when Blatter needed them.


Reuters

Comments
  • william.botha - 2011-05-30 07:46

    SEPtic Blatter

      Thomas - 2011-05-30 21:16

      Old saying!!! Soccer a gentlemans game played and run and supported by hooligans!!!

  • Ozymandios - 2011-05-30 07:48

    Et tu Brutus. Now we shall see a 'Night of the Long Knives' as they all turn on one another. Nothing new in the way the human race can turn so easily on one another especially where money and ego is concerned. Now we shall see what skeletons emerge from the FIFA cupboard. This is going to make all the conspiracy theories look placid in comparison. Maybe some people in South Africa are not sleeping too easy either. Don't be surprised what may come out in the wash for the 2010 SWC.

      Lennox - 2011-05-30 08:18

      "Oh Danny Boy", hopefully your nose is clean because its going to all come out in the wash for sure.

      Grayman - 2011-05-30 08:22

      @ Ozymandios, this will make better reading than a Mills & Boone!

  • Thandi - 2011-05-30 07:51

    Looks like the time Blatter spent in SA last year has influenced his thinking, and made his almost as corrupt as the ANCorruption.

  • Grayman - 2011-05-30 08:21

    Why has it taken so long to have people speak out against this man? For years there has been rumblings of Blatter's crooked ways, yet the powers that be have been quiet. Remember that all it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing! For too long, too many good men have done nothing, now the rot has set in too far.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-30 14:38

      The Powers that be? Sep Blatter is the power that be. It is only because he is saying that it should not be the same people getting the World Cup over and over that he is under fire. Fallout amongst thieves. Has he been found guilty of anything? I see UK's Mickey Mouse Prime Minister also had some chirp. No facts, just a slur about Fifa being murky. He must watch out - glass houses, stones etc.

  • Chloe - 2011-05-30 11:26

    Well I guess there's corruption and corruption. While this guy ran south africa for a couple of months I could swear we were almost 1st world! Haven't felt so safe in 17 years. Alas now when we drive past the beautified sidewalks of back in June 2010 they have gone straight to pot, or unpotted, with bits stolen and the potential trees all dead. 3rd world equals lack of upkeep. If you drive the meandering road pass the Johannesburg Fire Station in the South of Joburg, all those wonderful sidewalk landscaping is now just dried out old bits. See, that's what you can count on.

  • Anton - 2011-05-30 11:43

    We should not concentrate too much on FIFA members' backstabbing and internal bribery. But what should be the issue here, is how Fifa has become a secret, lying, dishonest, deceiving, manipulating, slimy organisation. These SWC have little to do with the host countries, they are just being ,used, . It has ONLY to do with FIFA. They are the ones who rake in the billions ( US dollars ! ! ) The host country just pays for the party. In the case of SA.....one hundred billion rand ! ! , much of which we will be paying for years to come. And all those benefits, all interested parties, kept telling us about, has been nothing but a hoax. And for any country to built billion rand stadiums in walking distance of hundreds of thousands of people living in shacks, is a total disgrace. Those 16 billion rand worth of , mostly white elephant, stadiums.... THAT is the legacy of the 2010 SWC. We should support the idea, of banning FIFA from any developing nation. Let these greedy thugs get their loot in the rich countries, like Qatar. They can afford to build those billion rand stadiums. And they can afforrd to be taken for a massive ride ! !

  • Ephraim Bogopa - 2011-05-30 15:38

    There is nothing wrong with Blatter's management or leadership style. Let's give him a chance. You will never find a best candidate to replace him, unless if we nominate Jomo Sono or bobby Motaung.

  • jerry n - 2011-05-31 07:07

    FIFA has always been corrupt.All National associations need to break away & form their own governing body.England suggested this,maybe they should co-ordinate it.

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