Austin Jack Warner has broken his silence over voting for Russia to stage the 2018 World Cup
Former FIFA Vice-President and Concacaf boss Austin Jack Warner has broken his silence over voting for Russia to stage the 2018 World Cup finals.
The Trinidadian who is serving a life ban for corruption, is one of the most senior figures in the notorious FIFA-gate scandal that brought the world governing body to its knees.
He is accused by U.S authorities of racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and bribery and could spend the rest of his life in prison if ongoing extradition proceedings are ultimately successful.
Warner dramatically fell from grace after being banned following an investigation into the bidding contest for the 2018 and 2022 World Cup tournaments.
He has accused the U.S of damaging his family and says he has no regrets about voting for Russia, despite being accused of taking a $5 million bribe.
Warner, who also served as a government minister in his native Trinidad is said to have originally promised he would vote for England to stage the 2018 World Cup after having bragged about meeting members of the royal family.
He says in the end when he sat down and realized that England had hosted the World Cup in 1966, Russia had never hosted and he felt it was Russia’s turn.
He adds that he has no cause for grief because he felt he did the right thing.
Warner is also widely considered to have played a major role in Qatar winning the vote to stage this year’s tournament.