Ex-Fifa official Jack Warner blamed Zionism over losing his job


A former Fifa vice-president who was arrested on bribery charges as part of a raid on officials of football's governing body blamed “Zionism” after being implicated in a previous bribery scandal.

Jack Warner was held in Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday on suspicion of bribery.

He handed himself in after his name appeared on a list of nine current or former Fifa officials and five business executives who, according to US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, “abused their positions of trust to acquire millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks”.

In 2011, Mr Warner resigned from Fifa after it opened an investigation into allegations that he received cash “gifts” from former Asian Football Confederation chief Mohammed Bin Hammam.

Fifa handed Mr Bin Hammam, a Qatar national, a lifetime ban.

In a letter to the Trinidad Guardian at the time, Mr Warner claimed he and Mr Bin Hammam were victims of racism and religious discrimination.

He wrote: “I will talk about the racism that is within Fifa. I will talk about the levels of religious discrimination which I sought to correct.

“I will talk about the Zionism, which probably is the most important reason why this acrid attack on Bin Hammam and me was mounted.”

Seven senior Fifa officials were charged with systemic fraud this week after dawn raids carried out by authorities in Switzerland.

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