In the face of mounting public pressure, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced last night that she had accepted National Security Minister Jack Warner’s offer of resignation and has appointed Minister Emmanuel George as his replacement.
While the big men at Concacaf get to it, we in Trinidad and Tobago have the much more daunting task of establishing what role FIFA and FIFA-influenced funds have played in the politics and government of this country.
PANAMA CITY (Reuters) - A detailed account of serious financial mismanagement within CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean will be presented to the sport's leaders on Friday.
A defiant National Security Minister Jack Warner last night dismissed the findings of a Concacaf probe into his former tenure in the organisation yesterday, saying it was baseless and malicious.
National Security Minister Jack Warner has found himself entangled in another legal battle relating to his former tenure with Federation Internationale de Football Associations (FIFA). This time Warner is being sued for more than $1.2 million by a local company, Graphix Advantage Ltd, for alleged non-payment for printing and installing of signage for the FIFA Women’s World Cup Under 17 in T&T in 2010.
Former Soca Warrior Brent Sancho said the latest CONCACAF report revealing financial dealing during the tenure of former president Jack Warner, shows a similarity and a pattern in how Warner dealt with the senior team issue.
THE GREAT DECEPTION
For over a decade, football power broker Jack Austin Warner hid a US$22.5 million asset in plain sight on the balance sheet of football’s ruling body for North and Central America and the Caribbean (Concacaf) of which he was president.
If international auditing firm KPMG had any concerns about the vast flows of sponsorship money going out of the bank accounts of one of its client, the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF), to an agent company created and controlled by the client’s special adviser Jack Warner, it is not at all apparent in the unqualified statement covering three years of audited accounts the firm signed off on in 2008.