Ex-Fifa and Concacaf official Warner ordered to pay $79m by US court
Jack Warner, the controversial former senior official at Fifa and Concacaf, has been ordered by a court in New York to pay $79 million in damages in a lawsuit filed by the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
US district judge William Kuntz passed the default judgement against Warner in a 2017 civil action in which he is accused of embezzling tens of millions of dollars from the confederation, according to AP.
The written ruling was issued, in Warner’s absence, in a federal court in Brooklyn on Tuesday after he failed to contest the claim.
In a statement, John Kuster, the lawyer for the plaintiff, said that it “intends to pursue all available avenues to enforce the judgement in any jurisdiction where Concacaf has reason to believe Mr Warner may have assets.”
The 76-year-old Warner, who hails from Trinidad and Tobago and was previously a Fifa vice-president, was one of a long list of individuals and entities implicated in the Fifa-gate scandal of 2015 which centred on bribes and kickbacks alleged to have been paid to soccer officials with links to the sport’s international governing body.
He remains out on bail in his home country where he is challenging a US extradition request.
Warner is accused of receiving kickbacks from media rights deals for Concacaf competitions, including the Gold Cup, and of receiving and organising bribes relating to the voting to decide the host of the 2010 World Cup, which was awarded to South Africa in 2004.
Earlier this year, the estate of the late Chuck Blazer, the disgraced former Concacaf and Fifa official, agreed to pay $20 million in damages relating to the civil case.