Trinidad opposition urges gov’t to fire Jack Warner

PORT OF SPAIN, (Reuters) – Trinidad and Tobago’s  parliamentary opposition yesterday called on the prime  minister to fire former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner from her  government, days after he resigned from soccer’s world governing  body.

The call followed a preliminary report by FIFA’s ethics  committee that found “overwhelming” evidence Warner was involved  in a cash-for-votes scandal rocking the organisation.

Jack Warner

Warner, who is the transportation minister in Trinidad and  Tobago, quit FIFA on Monday. His decision led FIFA to drop an  investigation into bribery allegations against him. He has  repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

Keith Rowley, an opposition leader, told reporters Prime  Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar should dismiss Warner from his  cabinet post.

“It is wholly unacceptable for an individual to be so  disgraced in an international organisation, falling short of  matters of ethics and integrity and still be allowed to remain  as a cabinet minister,” he told reporters.

The findings in the FIFA report “means the prime minister of  Trinidad and Tobago now has a decision to make,” Rowley added.

Before stepping down from FIFA, Warner was being  investigated in a bribery scandal linked to the campaign of  former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.

Warner and Bin Hammam were both suspended in late May after  accusations they attempted to bribe delegates of the Caribbean  Football Union with inducements of $40,000 to vote for Bin  Hammam.

Qatari Bin Hammam, who has also denied wrongdoing,  eventually quit the race for the presidency, paving the way for  FIFA President Sepp Blatter to be re-elected on June 1 for a  fourth term.

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