By Ayeotan Shola
Jack Warner, who’s under an indictment for corruption charges, has been banned from the sport for life.
He was once a vice president of soccer’s world governing body, FIFA and has been on trial over some of his illicit corrupt practices for the past few months.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, Warner was among 14 executives who were indictedon a range of corruption charges in May. The former head of CONCACAF, a continental federation based in the U.S., Warner is accused of taking bribes as part of the bidding process to determine the hosts of World Cup tournaments in 2018 and 2022.
From FIFA’s Ethics Committee
“Mr Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF. In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes.”
Since his indictment, Warner has made headlines both for saying he “will no longer keep secrets” for others within FIFA — and for citing an article in The Onion as a factual account, when he issued a video defending himself this summer.