Posted on October 19, 2011
CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer, whistle blower in the FIFA bribery scandal, fired back at allegations from former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president Jack Warner, InsideWorldFootball reported on Wednesday.
Blazer called Warner’s comments “garbage” and “an “amazing work of fiction.”
Warner, who resigned from both posts, said that he would give detailed accounts of Blazer’s activities within CONCACAF, which includes the organization’s financial situation.
“It is an amazing work of fiction,” Blazer told insideworldfootball. “If Jack has demonstrated anything during this process, it is that he says whatever he wants and then subsequently the facts prove he was lying.
“The tape is a great example of that. I wish I could take credit for having anything to do with the tape, but I didn’t.
At the time of the taping, I hadn’t even spoken with Jack. In time, the source of the tape will come out, but I had nothing to do with it.
“Regarding the other garbage from Warner’s mouth, since 1990 he had his personal accountant do the review of our books in New York. If there was anything wrong, he would have had it reported to him and it would have been addressed. To the contrary, each year we submitted an audited set of books to the Congress and biennial budgets which were accepted and approved by the membership with great happiness over our growth and development, together with the fiscal policies that provided for ample reserves and operating funds.”
In a letter to the Trinidad Guardian that was published on Tuesday, Warner, a native of Trinidad & Tobago, promised he would take down Blazer.
“The role of Blazer in CONCACAF will be exposed,” he wrote in the Guardian. “His addiction to the stock market and how this impacted on the CONCACAF’s finances will all be revealed. You will also be told why for some seven years I refused to sign Blazer’s contract and even today as I write to you he has none.
“You will learn why Blazer became vice-president of CONCACAF ahead of Sunil Gulati, the present president of the USSF [United States Soccer Federation]. His wheeling and dealing will stymie the international football community; it is no wonder he has signalled his intentions to leave his CONCACAF post.
Blazer, who lives in New York City, will step down as CONCACAF general secretary as of Dec. 31, although he will retain his seat on the FIFA executive committee.
Chuck Blazer hit back at Jack Warner, calling his comments, “an amazing work of fiction.” Photo by Joy Rubenstein
Categories: CONCACAF, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S.A.
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