FIFA Vice President Jack Warner has not only accused English clubs of disrespecting the Caribbean game, but also claimed that Caribbean players are born with a "natural talent" for soccer.
"African-Caribbean footballers will continue to do better and better because they have natural talent," said Warner, who is also Concacaf President and "special advisor" to the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation. "All that is needed is some degree of coaching, which is coming, but our ability has been there from birth. The world now respects Barack Obama and our time will come in the world of football."
Warner re-hashed his row with Sunderland manager Roy Keane over the availability of players for international games when he claimed that "English clubs do not respect when we ask for our own players." His run-in with Keane "showed me the sort of views that they have about us. They consider us to be irritants at best." He cited no further examples of such disrespect, but added, "More and more of our footballers are proving themselves, which is most gratifying."