Of course BU respects the legal principle embraced by our justice system which says that a man is innocent until proved guilty but…. It is difficult to fathom that a man whose fame and fortune has been defined by his leadership role on the regional and international soccer stage for the last 27 years, would resign from the position ‘sudden so’. The fact Jack Warner has done so three days after reading the Fifa Ethics Report investigating bribery charges leveled against him and Bin Hammam leads one to believe Warner’s attempt to call Fifi’a bluff using intimidatatory ‘speak’ was called and he was found to be offside. BU also suspects Warner will be used by Sepp Blatter and Fifa as the poster boy for all the evil deals which Fifa has been accused of transacting through the years .
Now that Warner has been ‘whistled’, one wonders how Barbadian Lisle Austin must be feeling after garnering Warner’s unreserved support to replace him. BU suggests it is a support which the Barbadian could have done without. If Austin is successful in his election bid to fill the position, a horrible stink will always permeate the atmosphere everywhere he conducts Fifa business. He is a Barbadian and normally his countrymen would feel pride were he to be successful in his bid to become one of the most powerful men in world sport but ….
The Prime Minister of T&T finds herself, not for the first time since taking office, in a very difficult position. Commonsense suggests that Warner should be pushed from his position as Minister of Transport of Works. If he does not do so quietly then Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar should apply the Obama-Weiner logic. Warner is generating ‘heat’ which is not doing T&T and the wider Caribbean any favour in the international arena. Our resource scarce region, struggling in a dog eat dog world defined as globalization, can do without the negative perception by the outside world that this is a region enveloped by corruption.
All the world waits to hear if the sordid details arising from the Fifa Ethics Report will be leaked to the media. Worrying is the fact many questions are being asked about whether Barbados football representatives accepted USD40 grand.