CONCACAF committee says former president committed fraud
Report released Friday names Jack Warner, Chuck Blazer
The former president and secretary general of the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football enriched themselves through fraud during their terms with the organization, said a report by CONCACAF's ethics and integrity committee released Friday.
The committee presented an extensive report on the activities of former President Jack Warner and former Secretary General Chuck Blazer at the CONCACAF congress, also attended by FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
"Our information shows they committed fraud," committee member David Anthony Cathcart Simmons said.
Warner resigned as CONCACAF president in June 2011 after Blazer accused him and then-Asian confederation head Mohamed bin Hammam of attempting to bribe Caribbean delegates $40,000 each to vote for bin Hammam in the FIFA presidential election. Blazer resigned as CONCACAF's secretary general in December.
The committee focused its report on Warner, who had headed CONCACAF for almost 30 years, and Blazer's administrative and financial dealings. It found "fraud" in the management of a training centre built in 1995 to help players in the region train and improve their game, Simmons said.
The centre, which was later named in honour of former FIFA president Joao Havelange, was built in the Caribbean city of Port of Spain, capital of Trinidad and Tobago, Warner's home country. At the time, Warner was also a FIFA vice-president.