x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Fifa vice-president and under fire in cash for votes scam Warner resigns

The 'presumption of innocence is maintained' for the longest-serving member of the executive committee.

Jack Warner, the man at the centre of the Fifa bribery scandal, has resigned from all his positions in international football.

Warner, the longest-serving member of Fifa's executive committee, had been suspended pending the outcome of a bribery inquiry.

Fifa said the ethics committee procedures against him "have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained".

Fifa released a statement today which read: "Jack Warner has informed Fifa about his resignation from his posts in international football.

"Fifa regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner's decision.

"His resignation has been accepted by world football's governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particular and the Concacaf confederation are appreciated and acknowledged.

"Mr Warner is leaving Fifa by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad & Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country's coalition government.

"The Fifa executive committee, the Fifa president and the Fifa management thank Mr Warner for his services to Caribbean, Concacaf and international football over his many years devoted to football at both regional and international level, and wish him well for the future.

"As a consequence of Mr Warner's self-determined resignation, all ethics committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained."