Jack Warner, the former Fifa vice-president, has claimed that he acquired the World Cup television rights for Trinidad & Tobago for as little as $1 in 1998 after helping Sepp Blatter get elected as president of football’s world governing body, according to reports.
Warner, who resigned from Fifa in June when he was being investigated for alleged bribery by the organisation, claimed he acquired the rights via a Mexican company for the 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014 editions, AP reported last night.
Warner also claimed that he refused to endorse Blatter in last June’s presidential election despite being offered the rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cup, again for a nominal fee. He further alleged that he was offered other “inducements” to develop football in the Caribbean. Warner claims he used the revenue from selling on the rights to develop football in the Caribbean, which is part of Concacaf, of which he was president before he and another Fifa vice-president, Mohamed bin Hamman, resigned.
More On Jack Warner’s Claims after the Jump…….
Each was accused of giving Caribbean officials $40,000 in cash to gain support for Bin Hammam’s presidential campaign against Blatter last summer. Warner denied any wrongdoing and said then that he’d been “hung out to dry” following 30 years at Fifa.
According to Bloomberg, the governing body said in an email that “it will look into” Warner’s comments, while its spokesman Brian Alexander declined to make any immediate response.
Fifa normally sells World Cup TV rights directly to broadcasters or sub-contracts companies to negotiate sales.
In September the BBC reported that Fifa rescinded an agreement with International Media Content Ltd’s SportsMax cable channel to broadcast the 2014 World Cup in the Caribbean after “only recently” becoming aware that a company owned by Warner negotiated the sale on behalf of the regional soccer association.