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FIFA's woes continue, now former vice-president accused of diverting funds

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Port-au-Prince (Haiti), June 10: Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been accused of putting aid funds meant for reconstruction of earthquake-hit Haiti in his own bank accounts. He has been investigated by US prosecutors, according to a BBC report.

Seventy-two-year-old Warner, who is also the chief of Trinidad and Tobago football, was given $750,000 from FIFA and the Korean Football Association to help rebuild the central American country which was rocked by a quake in 2010.


It was estimated that rebuilding Haiti would require between $8 and $14 billion.

The BBC said it has access to documents showing Warner asking for the money to be diverted to his private bank account. The money was labelled "personal use". His bank accounts were being investigated, the BBC said.

Warner is facing extradition from Trinidad and Tobago to face trial in the United States on allegations of corruption and bribery. He denies all the charges.

The former FIFA official, however, denied the reports saying he was made a victim of a conspiracy.

Corruption rocks FIFA

A massive corruption scam rocked football's world body recently that led to the resignation of its president Sepp Blatter soon after his win in the election for the top post.

The Fifa provisionally banned 11 officials facing corruption charges in the United States following an inquiry. The action was ordered by FIFA's ethics committee within hours of the arrest of seven officials in a Zurich hotel. the officials were accused of taking bribes worth over USD 150 million.

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Story first published: Wednesday, June 10, 2015, 13:08 [IST]
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