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Former FIFA Exec Jack Warner Caught on Tape

In further bad news for Jack Warner, who resigned from FIFA earlier this year because of allegations of corruption, taped footage in which he is explaining the nature of ‘gifts’ for Caribbean soccer delegates has been released. Early in the recording he asks, “Is media here?” He explains that Mohammed bin Hammam (once opposing candidate to Sepp Blatter in FIFA’s presidential elections before he himself was forced to withdraw due to allegations of corruption) was concerned about the amount of luggage he had to carry — silver plaques and other bunting — would be too much, so Jack Warner suggested a monetary value be put on the gifts. Sounds like bribery to me.