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TTFF still at Warner’s financial mercy

TTFF still at Warner’s financial mercy.

The Integrity Commission, chaired by former media magnate Ken Gordon, might offer the best chance of halting the machinations of Minister of Works and Infrastructure and ex-FIFA vice president, Jack Warner.

Wired868.com, through local civic-minded groups Fixin' TT and the Transparency Institute, sent copies of an affidavit from Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) general secretary Richard Groden, which accused Warner of collecting bribe money from disgraced ex-Asian Football Confederation (AFC) president Mohamed Bin Hammam in his ministerial office and fraudulently representing the TTFF in FIFA matters.

If Groden felt, at the time, that Warner's days in public officers were numbered, he was mistaken.

Warner dusted off several scandals since his departure from FIFA last year in the wake of a bribery scandal and was recently re-elected chairman of the United National Congress (UNC)—the dominant political party of the ruling People's Partnership coalition government.

The former TTFF Special Advisor left the football body virtually bankrupt and a leaked letter to Wired868 suggests Warner also tried to manipulate State funds, just two weeks ago, to bully the cash-strapped Federation.

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