By Ryan Mayer, CBS Local Sports
The hits keep on coming for the world’s governing body of soccer. This morning in a statement, the organization’s ethics committee announced that it has banned Jack Warner for life from football-related activity. The move comes in the wake of an investigation into the bidding process for both the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Warner is a former VP and member of the executive committee. He resigned his position in 2011 in the midst of accusations of bribery. FIFA released a statement this morning which read:
“The adjudicatory chamber of the ethics committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, has decided to ban the former FIFA vice-president and executive committee member, as well as CONCACAF president, Mr Jack Warner from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level for life.
“The decision was taken on the basis of investigations carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee following its report on the inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.
“The chairman of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee, Dr Cornel Borbely, who took over the chairmanship from his predecessor in late December 2014, immediately opened the investigation into Mr Warner’s activities in January 2015.”
Warner is considered to be an ally of current president Sepp Blatter, who finds himself in some hot water after Swiss authorities opened an investigation into his actions last week.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him. Agree/Disagree? Thoughts, comments, complaints? Email or tweet him.