November 17 (Reuters) – Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner can be extradite from Trinidad to the United States to face corruption accusations, according to a London court on Thursday.
Warner’s lawyers contended that his extradition was illegal, but the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, the highest court of appeal for many Commonwealth countries, unanimously rejected his case.
Suspicion and rumors have swirled over FIFA’s executive committee’s 2010 decision. To award Russia the 2018 World Cup and Qatar the 2022 edition.
A US Department of Justice indictment in 2020 stated. That bribes were paid to soccer authorities in order to gain their votes for hosting rights.
According to the DOJ, Warner was pay $5 million through multiple shell corporations to vote for Russia to host the 2018 World Cup.
As head of CONCACAF, which organizes soccer in North, Central, and South America, he wielded considerable clout as a powerbroker for former FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
Warner, a former member of FIFA’s Executive Committee and former CONCACAF president. Was suspend by FIFA in 2011 and charge by the US with wire fraud, racketeering, and money laundering in 2015.
In 2015, FIFA barred him from participating in any soccer-related activity for the rest of his life. The 79-year-old has always maintained his innocence.