Jack Warner has been handed a life ban from football-related activity by FIFA’s ethics committee following an investigation into the bidding contest for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
The FIFA’s ethics committee said Tuesday in a statement that the 72-year-old Former CONCACAF president Warner is a former FIFA vice president and executive committee member, “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.”
Read below the full FIFA statement:
“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 Borbely, 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.
“He was found guilty of violations of art. 13 [General rules of conduct], art. 15 [Loyalty], art. 18 [Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting], art. 19 [Conflicts of interest], art. 20 [Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits] and art. 41 [Obligation of the parties to collaborate] of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
The is currently under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for allegedly playing a central role in massive corruption over the course of two decades. He is fighting extradition to the U.S. from his native Trinidad and Tobago on charges of racketeering. He has denied all wrongdoing.
Authorities in his native Trinidad postponed a hearing on Friday to determine whether the U.S. will have to restart extradition proceedings.
On Tuesday, Swiss authorities agreed to an American request to extradite former Costa Rican football federation president Eduardo Li in the FIFA bribery case.