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Warner: I won’t be destroyed by FIFA

...says he doesn’t own Centre of Excellence
Sunday, May 27, 2012

Chaguanas West MP Jack Warner says he won’t be destroyed by FIFA boss Sepp Blatter. He was speaking with reporters yesterday when he distributed over $220,000 in self-help housing grants to needy people in his constituency. Yesterday, the Guardian carried a report that FIFA will take legal steps to recover the ownership of the US$25.5 million Joao Havelange Centre of Excellence, which football’s world governing body claims to have funded.


The issue was raised during Concacaf elections, the regional football body, which saw Cayman Islands’ Jeffrey Webb voted in at the congress held in Budapest, Hungary, on Wednesday. An AP report said on Friday that Blatter has since cited a problem in salvaging the Macoya property, which was allegedly signed over to former Concacaf president and FIFA vice-president Jack Warner’s family business. FIFA has started legal action against the former FIFA VP.


Warner said he does not own the Centre of Excellence. He said, “They have all the records, they can check it and see who owns it and who doesn’t own it, what they have paid and what they haven’t paid. “What I do know is that I don’t own it, so what is all the fuss about?


“For over one year Blatter and his minions are trying their utmost to destroy me and I would not in anyway be remotely perturbed by the foolishness taking place in FIFA. “Blatter believes that he is a god and no one should oppose him at anytime and once you oppose him you pay the ultimate price. “I will be the exception and I wish to advise him and his cohorts that in no way he can tarnish my image.”