CONCACAF taking legal action against Warner

 

Former FIFA vp Jack Warner insists he'll combat legal action difficult his ownership of an opulent centre of excellence in Trinidad built with FIFA cash.

The Joao Havelange centre was constructed by way of grants totalling as a lot as 15.5 million pounds from FIFA and the North American governing body CONCACAF, however it emerged two years ago that Warner was the owner of the land on which it was constructed.

CONCACAF has now filed a legal action in Trinidad, referred to as a caveat, which seeks to dam Warner from mortgaging, leasing or selling the centre.

Warner, who resigned from FIFA in 2011 after becoming embroiled in a bribery scandal, mentioned he had no intention of promoting the centre.

Warner informed Press Association Sport: "I wish to state categorically that the Centre of Excellence just isn't on the market.

"Let me also state that CONCACAF doesn't have any equitable curiosity in the Centre of Excellence and has no claims to ownership.

"If CONCACAF certainly has filed a caveat in opposition to me all I can say is that each CONCACAF and FIFA have limitless funding and so they can spend their cash as they wish if they need to do this."

Warner, an MP and former Cupboard minister in Trinidad who last 12 months fashioned a new political party, said the action was part of a political vendetta towards him by the Caribbean island's attorney common.

CONCACAF has mentioned it provided 11 million kilos in direction of funding the centre, which features a swimming advanced and health centre, a backyard sanctuary, a forty four-room resort, a theatre seating 800 individuals and a banqueting and reception hall. The 6,000-seat Marvin Lee Stadium, which has artificial turf, is also part of the centre.

Final year, Warner claimed he was personally given the money to build the centre of excellence in return for helping Sepp Blatter's election as FIFA president in 1998.

Warner has produced letters from Havelange, Blatter's predecessor, apparently exhibiting the 4 million pound FIFA loan for the centre, constructed on land owned by Warner, had been converted right into a grant.

In return, Warner says he delivered the 30 votes wanted for Blatter – at the time "probably the most hated FIFA official" in Warner's phrases – to beat Lennart Johansson for the FIFA presidency in 1998 and named the centre after Havelange.

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