Jennings: What I told the FBI about the FIFA crooks

THE REVELATION that the FBI is investigating FIFA should bring an end to three decades of institutional corruption, personified in recent times by President Sepp Blatter.

Photo: President Barack Obama (left) hosts FIFA president Sepp Blatter (centre) and then vice-president Jack Warner during the United States' ill-fated 2022 World Cup bid.
Photo: President Barack Obama (left) hosts FIFA president Sepp Blatter (centre) and then vice-president Jack Warner during the United States’ ill-fated 2022 World Cup bid.

I have been talking with Special Agents from the Organised Crime and Racketeering Section of the Department of Justice in Washington and with an FBI Organised Crime squad from New York since they contacted me seeking evidence nearly three years ago.

Law enforcement sources in New York and Washington confirmed today that they are investigating “a major case” involving allegations of corruption at FIFA. The probe is into allegations of fraud and bribery. It began in the North, Central American and Caribbean regional football confederation but the money trail leads back to FIFA’s HQ in Zurich, Switzerland.

Unofficial sources have confirmed that Daryan Warner, eldest son of disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner of Trinidad, has become a co-operating witness with the FBI probe. Warner jnr has been resident in Florida for the last two months and clearly is not free to leave America.

It has yet to be divulged what evidence the FBI have on him but it is likely to be substantial and enough to make him break family confidences in return for serving less jail time.

Photo: Ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner (right) and his son Daryan politely respond to a question from then Express reporter Lasana Liburd on the Simpaul Travel 2006 World Cup ticket scandal.
Photo: Ex-FIFA vice-president Jack Warner (right) and his son Daryan politely respond to a question from then Express reporter Lasana Liburd on the Simpaul Travel 2006 World Cup ticket scandal.

Daryan Warner was always the ‘back office’ money-man organising the laundering and concealment of bribes and profits from every kind of illicit football activity by his father – siphoning off grants, dealing in World Cup tickets and pocketing substantial bribes from countries hoping to host the World Cup.

Warner frequently worked in concert with fellow FIFA executive committee member Chuck Blazer from New York.

The FIFA career of Jack Warner began to unravel in May 2011 when he was caught with $1 million in bribes, in envelopes each containing $40,000 in cash, for distributing to Caribbean football associations. The aim was to persuade them to vote for Qatar’s Mohamed Bin Hammam who was contesting the FIFA presidency against incumbent Sepp Blatter.

Blazer ‘ratted’ on Warner to FIFA but was himself soon engulfed in documented corruption allegations.

Photo: Prince Willam (left) and former CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer (Courtesy transparencyinsport.org)
Photo: Prince Willam (left) and former CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer
(Courtesy transparencyinsport.org)

Editor’s Note: Click HERE to read the full report from Andrew Jennings.

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33 comments

  1. Well let all of these alleged offenders prove that they are not guilty. They have been given a chance to defend themselves.

  2. Yea the same A.Jennings and he family that maybe sold our ancestors into Chattel slavery and may have had some slave plantation in the Caribbean,and now all them vex they didn’t profit from owning enslaved afrikans and working them for hundreds of years,,time to go behind those too,U.S so-called Justice de-partment..

  3. Andrew must have popped opened a bottle of bubbly by now

  4. Don’t you go thinking, people, that the cabal is limited to the UNC. Ramlogan, Moonilal, Suruj and co are the UNC cabal headed by Kamla but Jack, Rowley et al are all part of the cabal that are sucking T&T, in other words, you and me dry. Me eh shedding no crocodile tears fuh none ah dem. Extradite all ah dem they ass. And good riddance!

  5. Andre Bunting – During the Chaguanas West by-election Dr Rowley stated that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” in relation to Warner and the PP. Mc Donald (confirmed crook that she is) also gave Jack the support of the chief whip office in raising questions when he is not at parliament

  6. Adrian Clarke how did the PNM cozy up with the ILP ???

  7. I told alyuh that the white plane was coming to pick up the corrupted Jack Warner in a timing. Them really good yes.

  8. The UNC will go to town with this. They should be worried as they benefitted from his alleged dealings.

  9. Well, he’s in for a rude awakening…. He might wake up to a seal team 6 or Obama drone

  10. In his office he says, they know where to find him…hmm

  11. Not only FBI!. American justice department, NSA all want our uncle jack!. He in real trouble. They looking for him. Where is he?.

  12. It will be funny if they extradite Jack before Ish and Steve

  13. FIFA (and the powerful Jack Warner) embarrassed some of the biggest players in the US and Britain in the lead up to the vote on the World Cups. These included David Beckham, British royalty and even (to a certain extent) Barack Obama. They were even more embarrassed to find out, when the announcements were made, that their entreaties had been spurned. After peevish public responses by Warner to negative stories in the British press. At that level, there will be consequences. He may have to hope for another Section 34. He’s an amazing individual, but……

  14. FIFA Director of Communications, Walter De Gregorio, saying that Blatter is not involved and would continue as president

  15. Now seeing a FIFA press conference on BBC news

  16. I really can’t take credit. I did my work as honestly as I can. But great criminals are not arrested in Trinidad. They end up in the Government or running it.

  17. Finally all ur hard work payed off thank god

  18. The US had enough. Trinidad never laid a glove on him.

  19. The PNM was cozying up to the ILP over the last two years. Let’s see if they will back out now .

  20. Shit just got real.

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