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Ex-FIFA VP Says He'll Reveal 'Secrets,' May Implicate Sepp Blatter

Ex-FIFA VP Says He'll Reveal 'Secrets,' May Implicate Sepp Blatter
Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner. (Andrea De Silva/Reuters)

By    |   Thursday, 04 June 2015 07:49 AM

Former FIFA official Jack Warner has vowed to reveal all he knows about corruption at the world soccer's governing body despite fears he has for his life.

According to CNN, the revelations came from a paid political ad entitled, "Jack Warner: The gloves are off," during which he said he will deliver reams of documents that show FIFA's transactions, including checks and corroborated statements.

He said he would release an "avalanche" of information and that the transactions also included FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, BBC News reported.

They have been placed in "different and respected hands," he said. "There can be no turning back."

The ad was aired in Warner's native Trinidad and Tobago. He said, "I will no longer keep secrets for those persons who now seek actively to destroy this country's hard-won international image."

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Later, at a rally in southern Trinidad, the former FIFA vice president said, "I also will give them my knowledge of financial transactions at FIFA including, but not limited to, Sepp Blatter. I have been there for 30 consecutive years. I was a heartbeat away from Blatter. I said to him in 2011, it's time at 75, it's time to step down."

Warner's statements came just after revelations from court records that Chuck Blazer, a former FIFA executive committee member, had admitted that he and other officials took bribes in advance of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups, CNN reported.

At the rally, Warner said Blatter had turned against him in 2011 when he argued for the Swiss to stand down, saying it should be "tomorrow, not the day after," or he would become a lame duck president of FIFA and there would be suspicions about financial dealings.

"I said to him step down. I said to him, Mr. Blatter, I empathize with you, because I was in 2011 where you are today. The only difference is you caused my demise, I didn't cause yours."

Warner, one of the 14 FIFA officials charged by the U.S. last week, has denied any wrongdoing but said he would offer information about others. He is accused of taking a $10 million bribe to vote for South Africa's 2010 World Cup.

"South Africa didn't give me any $10 million bribe," he said, according to CNN. "Blatter didn't give me any bribe."

He added, "Blatter knows why he fell. And if there's one other person who knows, I do."

Blatter announced on Tuesday his intention to resign just four days after he was re-elected to a fifth term as president.

The South African government denies having paid a bribe to win the rights to host the games. 

In total, FIFA is accused of taking $150 million in bribes. The organization is involved in two investigations. A Swiss criminal investigation is looking into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bids which were awarded to Russia and Qatar.

The U.S. is also investigating alleged wrongdoing going back as far as 24 years.

Prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 14 people on charges ranging from money laundering to fraud and racketeering.

On Thursday, Britain's Culture Secretary told the House of Commons that the United Kingdom is willing to host the 2022 World Cup if it is taken away from Qatar, CNN reported.

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Former FIFA official Jack Warner has vowed to reveal all he knows about corruption at the world soccer's governing body — an "avalanche" of information that includes FIFA chief Sepp Blatter — despite fears he has for his life.
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