FIFA’s ethics panel has banned Jack Warner, a former executive of soccer’s governing body, for life, citing repeated misconduct.
Warner, a former FIFA vice president, was one of 14 executives the U.S. indicted in May on corruption charges. Warner, who previously served as the president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football—which oversaw the sport in this region—is accused of taking bribes for his vote in the bidding process for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.
Here’s more from the ethics panel:
Mr Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF. In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes. He was found guilty of violations of art. 13 (General rules of conduct), art. 15 (Loyalty), art. 18 (Duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting), art. 19 (Conflicts of interest), art. 20 (Offering and accepting gifts and other benefits) and art. 41 (Obligation of the parties to collaborate) of the FIFA Code of Ethics.
Warner has vigorously denied the charges against him, and in the process joined a list of public figures who confused The Onion for fact, claiming the charges against him were part of a U.S. conspiracy against FIFA.