The time has come for Works Minister Jack Warner to decide between his Fifa position and his Cabinet job, PNM's Colm Imbert said yesterday. Imbert was commenting on the latest bribery allegations against Warner who has to face a Fifa ethics committee on Sunday regarding bribery allegations concerning Fifa's presidential elections. "When he was accused last month of bribery by Lord Treisman with respect to the English bid for the World Cup, it was basically a question of one man's word against another's," Imbert said.
"But the latest allegations are very, very different as this is not a question of a disgruntled country that failed to win a bid to host the World Cup-this issue is from within Fifa." Imbert said he found that the issue was moving very, very quickly. "This latest controversy is far more serious than the UK issue as you have the head of a football association in Fifa reporting Warner and this is supported by witnesses' statements," he said. "My own view is that the time has come for Warner to decide if he wants to be in Fifa or the Government.
"While Government has nothing to do with this -one has to assume-they're getting drawn into the whole thing as he's a senior cabinet minister. "Every time his name is called, it's identified with the Government and T&T. "So it must be causing some anxiety for Government...It's reached the point where his Fifa position is in open conflict with his Government post. "If this sort of thing is going to happen every Monday morning-that some disgruntled person will make allegations against Warner, it will become unmanageable. "So he has to decide if he will come out of the Cabinet and just be an MP and remain in Fifa, or leave Fifa completely." (GA).