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Jack Warner quits as FIFA vice president

  • AP, Monday, June 20, 2011 1:10 PM

In attempt to call off FIFA investigators and preserve his political career in Trinidad & Tobago, where he is the powerful minister of works and transportation, Jack Warner quit as a FIFA vice president Monday. In a statement, FIFA said all Ethics Committee procedures against him have been closed and "the presumption of innocence is maintained."

Warner, the former Concacaf president, and Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed bin Hammam were suspended by FIFA last month after being accused of offering $40,000 cash payments to Caribbean members during bin Hammam's failed bid to unseat FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Warner, 68, was one of the most powerful members of FIFA's executive committee, on which he served 28 years, and was Concacaf president since 1990. Only last month he was re-elected for a sixth term as FIFA president. He is chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country's coalition government.

But he has been dogged by accusations of corruption throughout much of his Concacaf career.

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