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The Irony of Warnergate

Paul Gardner, writing for the New York Sun, talks about Warnergate, yet another scandal hanging over FIFA at the moment. Earlier this month, FIFA Vice President Jack Warner came under suspicion of making a lot of money scalping World Cup tickets. Associated with a travel company called Simpaul, run by his son Daryan, Warner was allegedly involved in the reselling of 5,400 tickets at up to five times face value, according to a report by FIFA auditor Ernst and Young. Warner is a close ally of FIFA President Sepp Blatter, so if the allegations against him prove true, it would be a major setback for Blatter who, Gardner notes, champions transparency and honesty in soccer, and just asked us to celebrate World Fair Play Day last week. Gardner also points out that Warner responded by having his lawyer write a report detailing how "fatally flawed" the E&Y document had been. Warner has also instructed his lawyers to sue for defamation of character and a violation of his personal rights. FIFA has created a new Ethics Committee, but it will look into new problems, not existing ones like this Warner mess.

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