Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago has been put on INTERPOL’s most-wanted list as the scandal surrounding the football body swirls worldwide.
The development prompted Warner to renew his criticism of the United States where he faces corruption charges on charges including racketeering and corruption. He faces extradition to the U.S.
According to Warner’s online video comments, “This past week has been a most trying one for me, a most difficult one.”
Warner held up a printout on Facebook of a fictitious story from the satirical Onion, an online publication, with the headline “FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup to the United States.”
The fake story was published last Wednesday, hours after Warner was indicted and briefly jailed in Trinidad. Warner asked why the story was “two days before the FIFA election” and “if FIFA is so bad why is it the U.S. wanted the World Cup?”
The FBI has announced that part of its investigation will review the process of awarding the 2018 World Cup to Russia and the 2022 competition to Qatar.
This follows on the heels of Sepp Blatter stepping down as FIFA president, four days after being re-elected, amid the widening corruption scandal.
Warner is accused of taking a bribe in exchange for helping South Africa secure the rightd to host the 2010 World Cup. He is out on bail in Trinidad and Tobago.
INTERPOL stressed the so-called Red Notices issued against Warner and others are not an international arrest warrant and it cannot force national authorities to hold the suspects.
The statement added “Red Notices are one of the ways in which INERPOL informs its member countries that an arrest warrant has been issued for an individual by a judicial authority and seeks the location and arrest of wanted persons with a view to extradition of similar lawful action.”
With files from Daily Mail Online