Video ‘shows ex-FIFA official discussing payments’

AFP, Wednesday 12 Oct 2011

A video that appears to show former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner telling Caribbean officials how to deal with cash gifts from Mohamed Bin Hammam was published by a British newspaper on Wednesday

Bin Hammam
AFC former president Mohamed Bin Hammam

The Daily Telegraph has posted footage on its website of a meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) on 11 May, which shows Jack Warner advising delegates how to handle cash offered by Mohamed Bin Hammam ahead of his ill-fated FIFA election bid.

Asian Football Confederation (AFC) chief Bin Hammam was later banned for life amid claims Caribbean officials had been paid $40,000 each at the meeting.

In the video, Warner appears to be telling CFU delegates that he had not been in favour of Bin Hammam offering money at the meeting.

"When Mohamed Bin Hammam asked to come to the Caribbean he wanted to bring some silver plaques and wooden trophies and bunting and so on," he says, according to the paper.

"I told him he did not need to bring anything but if he wanted to bring anything, to bring something equivalent to the value of the gift that he brought.

"I said to him if you bring cash, I don't want you to give cash to anybody, but when you do you can give it to the CFU and the CFU will give it to his members.

"Because I don't want (it) to even remotely appear that anyone has any obligation to vote for you because of what gifts you have given them, and he fully accepted that."

In the video, Warner appears to tell officials he would be willing to return any money officials did not wish to keep.

"I know there are some people here who believe they are more pious than thou. If you are pious, go to a church, friends, but the fact is that our business is our business," he said.

"If there is anybody here who has a conscience and wishes to send back the money, I am willing to take the money and give it back to him at any moment."

In another section of the video, Warner appears to launch a tirade at UEFA president Michel Platini, saying a victory for FIFA chief Sepp Blatter at the presidential election would lead to French domination of world football.

"We have to ensure Platini is not some automatic inheritor of FIFA. Because I tell you, if that happens, FIFA will become a French province. Forever," Warner seems to say.

"The fact is that Platini is being groomed to succeed Mr Blatter and we don't know if it is in our best interests to have a French president, a French general secretary… but in any event, I don't think it's in our best interests to do that."

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