You Won’t Believe How Much Money Jack Warner Has Made Robbing FIFA, Disaster Relief Funds, Etc.
Former FIFA vice president and current member of Trinidadian Parliment Jack Warner was arrested two weeks ago at the request of the United State Department of Justice under suspicion of wire fraud, racketeering and money laundering while serving as the head of CONCACAF from 1998 to 2010. Last week, Warner posted what amounts to blackmail to his YouTube page (video above), threatening to expose further corruption within the international soccer governing body, presumably as a means of silencing those who might further expose his own shady profits, which include...
• $350,000 for black market 2002 World Cup tickets.
• $1 million from reselling 2006 World Cup tickets.
• $22.5 million worth of real estate built with FIFA's money on land he owns, making him in the effective owner.
• $10 million was wired to Warner from FIFA accounts in 2008, $1.6 million of which he used to pay off personal debts.
• $500,000 intended to be spent on a training center in Trinidad and Tabago, paid by the Australian Football Association in an effort to drum up support for their 2022 World Cup bid, that somehow ended up in Warner's personal bank account.
• $750,000 worth of Haitian earthquake disaster relief funds.
GRAND TOTAL: $35 million in illegal revenue.
But let's get back to that stolen relief money...
In 2010, a 7M earthquake killed between 100,000-316,000 people across Haiti, displacing 1.5 million people in country with a per capita income of $760 annually. Two years later, the South Korean Football Association and FIFA donated $500,000 and $250,000 to the relief efforts, respectively, which the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation claims went straight to Warner.
FIFA promptly froze its funding for Trinidad's football program.
Warner's response has been a steady stream of nonsense delivered with the utmost conviction. “I have nothing to answer to anybody," he said when questioned about the missing relief money. "Who wants to make allegations, make allegations.”
Meanwhile, John Oliver has bought a five-minute slot on Trinidadian television, set to air tonight, as a rebuttal to Warner's bizarre "The Gloves Are Off" rant (video above).
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