A former Fifa vice president said he fears for his life and claims he can prove a link between football's governing body and the Trinidad and Tobago national elections.
Jack Warner, who has always vehemently denied any wrongdoing, is the latest official to lift the lid on scandal, bribery and corruption at Fifa, speaking out in a televised interview on Wednesday night.
Chuck Blazer, 70, previously an executive committee member of the global footballing association, yesterday claimed in testimony to a US Judge that he and other high-ranking officials received corrupt payments from France and South Africa to secure hosting of the 1998 and 2010 competitions.
Blazer and Warner's statements come after 14 Fifa officials, including two vice presidents, were named in an indictment by the DoJ, which led to a series of arrests in Zurich, Switzerland, last week.
During yesterday's paid political broadcast, Warner, 72, said: "I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country."
He added: "I reasonably actually fear for my life."
Warner said he has documents and cheques that link Fifa officials, including embattled president Sepp Blatter to the 2010 election in Trinidad and Tobago.
"I apologise for not disclosing my knowledge of these events before," Warner said.
He said he has compiled reams of documents and is delivering them to his attorneys, for them to disseminate as they see fit.
"Not even death will stop the avalanche that is coming," Warner said as his supporters cheered in celebration. "The die is cast. There can be no turning back. Let the chips fall where they fall."
Gary Lineker, who has been very vocal in his criticism of Fifa and its senior team, took to Twitter again to mock Warner in a pithy poem.
Little Jack Warner
Trapped a corner
Eating his FIFA pie
He stuck in his thumb
He thought we were dumb
And said 'What a good boy am I.'— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) June 4, 2015
Warner's statements come a week after he cited an article in satirical publication, The Onion, as evidence of America's motivation to prosecute Fifa's officials.
Despite his fears, 30 minutes after the speech aired, Warner appeared at his Independent Liberal Party's rally held under a canopy on a residential street.
At least a couple of hundred people were present when Warner spoke, many of them having not seen the televised remarks.
While mopping sweat from his forehead, Warner told supporters that he will not hold back in his newfound plan to expose scandal.
Blatter was re-elected to the post of president, despite international pressure for the 79-year-old to step down.
He later quit amid reports of an FBI investigation into Russias 2018 and Qatars 2022 World Cup bids.
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Warner also said that when he heard Blatter was stepping down, he wrote to him to urge his immediate departure from Fifa.
He said: "Blatter knows why he fell. And if anyone else knows, I do."
Twitter users reacted to the Warner's claims, and some were hilarious.
Jack Warner promises to reveal "avalanche of secrets" about FIFA corruption in exchange for $5m paid into a Swiss bank account.— David Schneider (@davidschneider) June 4, 2015
I think at this point the best thing that Jack Warner can do is quietly sit in the corner eating a christmas pie.— James Rose (@jamesyrosey) June 4, 2015
You don't know how much I hope Jack Warner gives his world exclusive to The Onion. Or failing that, Charlie Hebdo— Rick Eyre (@rickeyre) June 4, 2015
I am enjoying Jack Warner immensely. I wonder what else he knows? The location of MH370? What happened at Roswell? What 42 means?— Sian B (@funktious) June 4, 2015
Others thought there was an ulterior motive.
Jack Warner sounds like a guy desperate not to end his days in a federal penitentiary.— Dan Brusca (@danbrusca) June 4, 2015
Jack Warner went from denying everything about corruption to throwing everyone at FIFA under the bus 🐸☕— Jordan Williams (@GingerJordan27) June 4, 2015
Why has Jack Warner come out and said he's going to expose everyone as if he's not the most corrupt one of the lot?— Chris (@ChrisLukeJones) June 4, 2015
Jack Warner is basically becoming a snitch because the heat is coming— Joe Breezy (@IamJacobBryan) June 4, 2015
On Wednesday Interpol issued a red notice for two former Fifa officials and four corporate executives for charges including "racketeering, conspiracy and corruption".
Warner was one of the six men on Interpol's 'wanted' list.
A few hours after the Interpol alert was issued, it was revealed that Blazer had told a US judge: "I and others on the Fifa executive committee agreed to accept bribes in conjunction with the selection of South Africa as the host nation for the 2010 World Cup."
Blazer added: "I agreed with other persons in or around 1992 to facilitate the acceptance of a bribe in conjunction with the selection of the host nation for the 1998 World Cup."
The former executive has been working with the US Department of Justice to expose other Fifa officials suspected of corruption. He also admitted to accepting bribes for broadcast rights to several Gold Cups.
Blazer had previously pled guilty to charges racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud and income tax evasion and faced up to 20 years in jail before agreeing to aid the DoJ investigation.
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