Warner and Blazer should face full force of the law – Scala

PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, Thursday May 30, 2013 – The head of FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee, Domenico Scala, said on Wednesday that former CONCACAF leaders Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer should face the full force of the law for their alleged misdemeanours during the two decades that they ran the confederation.

Former FIFA vice-president Warner from Trinidad & Tobago, who was the president of CONCACAF for 21 years, and Blazer of the United States, his General Secretary for most of that time, were both members of FIFA’s executive committee.

“In the case of Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer this has far bigger implications than just (FIFA’s) Ethics Committee, or the rules of the game,” Scala said at a rare media briefing the day before FIFA’s annual congress starts.

“There is sufficient suspicion that they have gone against the law and this will become an issue for the FBI and the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) in the case of taxation. So here the Ethics Committee and the world of FIFA stops – and people who have gone against the law will have to deal with the law.”

Warner turned his back on football after being implicated in a bribery scandal in 2011, while Blazer has also left the game although, on a technicality, he is suspended from FIFA’s executive committee until Friday.

The two men were vilified in a report commissioned by CONCACAF and published at their Congress in Panama in April after the examination of 5,000 documents and the testimony of 38 individuals.

“If you read the CONCACAF integrity report it does not say anything positive or polite (about them),” said Scala who is charged with enforcing new financial controls at FIFA as well as guiding the body’s reform process on to the statute books.

“It’s a horrible document so therefore whatever they are saying today is frankly useless and worthless because, over an extended period of time, they abused the system”.

Scala said that as a result of greater scrutiny of FIFA’s planned development grants, projects in seven countries had been halted because of concerns over accounting.

“From now on, no matter what went on in the past, we are going to make sure that FIFA’s development money is used for the purpose it is intended,” he said. (CMC) Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)