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Jack Warner's response to today's FIFA ruling

Jack Warner's response to today's FIFA ruling

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Re: Today's FIFA decision I attended the FIFA enquiry today at 12 noon pursuant to a request made of me by FIFA to answer allegation

made by Chuck Blazer, General Secretary of CONCACAF. I have learned this evening via the media that I have been provisionally suspend ed by the FIFA Ethics Committee. This has come both as a shock and surprise to me. At the conclusion of the enquiry I specifically requested that I be notifie d of any decision as I had learned via the media before attending the hearing th at a decision would be handed down at 5:00PM. Despite leaving my contact detail s, up to this point, I still have not received any notification from the FIFA.

At the hearing I indicated that I submitted two written statements outlining my position. I expressed my disappointment with the way in which the enquiry w as conducted as I was given less than twenty four hours to submit a statement fo r consideration by the committee and, moreover, one of the five members of the C ommittee is from Uruguay and did not have the value of a translated version of m y or Mr bin Hammam's submission. This lack of translation services brings into question the issue of due process.

In addition, FIFA did not have the courtesy to provide me with copies of the allegations before the hearing and it was only during the hearing were the alle gations read to me.

At the hearing, among other things, I was asked about the special meeting wi th the CFU to hear Mr Bin Hammam and whether such a meeting was normal I indicat ed that President Blatter earlier this year had held a similar meeting in South Africa with thirty seven countries and no objections had been made of that to da te. In fact this has been the practice of FIFA in holding meetings with member countries before elections.

I denied the allegations that I made statements at the CFU meeting about gif ts being given by Mr Bin Hammam. I also indicated that at the Miami CONCACAF Co ngress on May 3rd Mr. Blatter made a gift of one million USD to CONCACAF to spen d as it deems fit. This annoyed President Michel Platini who was present and he approached Secretary General Jerome Valcke complaining that Mr Blatter had no pe rmission from the Finance Committee to make this gift to which Jerome replied th at he will find the money for Mr Blatter.

I also indicated at the CFU meeting held in Trinidad on May 10 which was req uested by Mr. Bin Hammam, FIFA through Mr. Blatter organised gifts of laptops an d projectors to all members of the Caribbean and no objections have been made to day of this to date.

In my statement I attached letters from thirteen Federations whose members a ttended the CFU Meeting where the allegations of gifts were made.

These statements from the 13 members denied the allegations that have been m ade against me and any participation of these individuals in the act complained of. While with regard to the allegation of payment only one statement was submit ted by Collins & Collins.

On May 18 when I realised that the political battle between Blatter and Bin Hammam was getting out of hand I wrote Secretary General Valcke telling him, amo ng other things, that the outcome of the elections may cause some fracture in th e Arab world which we can ill afford now and that I will like to ask Bin Hammam to withdraw from the race. To which Jerome replied to me and I quote :

"For MBH, I never understood why he was running. If really he thought he had a chance or just being an extreme way to express how much he does not like anym ore JSB. Or he thought you can buy FIFA as they bought the WC. I have a bet sinc e day one, he will withdraw but on June 1st after his 10 min speech. By doing so he can say he push Blatter to make new commitments bla bla bla and get out unde r applause. Before means he is a looser. So...He will get some votes. Less than 60 today after CAF support. It will be the "coup de grace" if you would official ly send a message as the CONCACAF President by saying CONCACAF supports unanimou sly. So I am not giving you an advice but just my feeling about what I think is the situation."

Despite the plea from SG Valcke, I refused to give any advice about how CONC ACAF will be voting.

At no time during this matter was I ever contacted by Mr. Blazer nor did he contact the Executive or the Emergency Committee of the CONCACAF and it is infor mative for one to look at Mr Blazer's credibility by referring to the report of the NY District Court Judge in the matter between Master Card and Visa in the FI FA matter of 7th December 2006 .

(para 213) Mr. Blazer's testimony was generally without credibility based on his attitude and demeanor on his evasive answers on cross-examination.

(para 214) Thus, for that reason and based on his evasive answers and his at titude and demeanor, Mr. Blazer's testimony as the March 14, 2006 Marketing & TV AG Board meeting is rejected as fabricated.

The complaints made in this matter are politically motivated against Mr Bin Hammam and me and are designed, among other things, to cause serious prejudice

and damage to both Mr Bin Hammam and myself at one of the most critical times fo r the FIFA.

It is also shocking that at the close of an inquiry at around 5:47pm when th e decision was already delivered new evidence in the form of a fax from the Puer to Rico FF appears making allegations which were treated as part of the evidence in this matter. This further demonstrates in the way the enquiry was conducted and the prejudice against me.

The decision to suspend me is an abuse of the process and achieves no real p urpose as stated in the decision and again demonstrates the bias of this enquiry .

I intend to say a lot more on this matter shortly.

In the meantime, I will vigorously defend my reputation as well as the reput ation of the rest of the Caribbean members.

Respectfully submitted

Sgd Jack Warner

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