Disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner is suing the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) over nearly TT$16 million (£1.9 million/$2.3 million/€2.1 million) in loans he claims he provided to the body while at its helm.
Warner alleged the TTFA had acknowledged the loans but had not repaid them, as reported by the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian, with a lawsuit filed at Port-of-Spain High Court.
Jack Warner, right, used to be feted in the White House by the American President but now is a man trying to avoid the US justice system after being accused of corruption ©CONCACAF
The newspaperreported that Warner’s court filings claimed to have provided loans over 15 years, with the money “allegedly used to cover the association’s expenses, including the successful 2006 World Cup qualification campaign”.
It is claimed that the TTFA acknowledged the debt in its financial statements between 2007 and 2012, while TTFA President Raymond Tim Kee reportedly wrote to Warner to assure him the money would be paid back when the cash-strapped association’s financial position improved.
The Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reported that “the debt was eventually written off in the Association’s 2015 financial statements, as it was claimed the debt was statute-barred and it had no obligation to pay”.
But Warner’s documents said: “These accounts were published after the date of both letters from President Raymond Tim Kee, who had on two separate occasions acknowledged the debt to the claimant… at no time did the claimant inform the defendant that they were no longer under an obligation to repay the debt.”
Warner is “seeking repayment of the money advanced, plus interest calculated using a prime commercial lending rate”, according to the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian.
Earlier this month, Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) won a case against former President Warner, which could see the organisation recoup more than $20 million (£15 million/€17 million).
CONCACAF had launched a lawsuit against Warner and the late Chuck Blazer, the organisation’s former late secretary general in April 2017.
The lawsuit argued the pair had claimed millions of dollars in exchange for their votes for FIFA World Cup hosts.
It was also argued both Blazer and Warner had received kickbacks over the award of broadcast rights for tournaments.
That case against Warner was separate to one filed by the United States Justice Department.
Warner could finally be extradited to the US to face corruption charges after he lost an appeal in Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month.
He has not left Trinidad and Tobago since he was named in the indictment in May 2015 and remains on $2.5 million (£2 million/€2.2 million) bail.-insidethegames