Warner was returned for a fourth four-year term of office in an overwhelming vote, defeating Dr. Edgardo Codesal by a vote count of 36-2, with one no vote and one national association absent.
The election is likely to have far more significance, however, than simply seeing Warner keep hold of power in the region.
A recent visit by FIFA general secretary Michel Zen-Ruffinen resulted in allegations being made that he tried to sway opinion towards Issa Hayatou in next month’s crucial FIFA presidential elections. Allegations Zen-Ruffinen has hotly denied and which he has now taken legal steps to rectify.
However, the split in FIFA is growing increasingly hostile between Blatter and Zen-Ruffinen. Blatter has publicly blasted Zen-Ruffinen over the situation and Zen-Ruffinen is now fighting a massive battle to safe-guard not only his reputation but also his high-powered position within soccer’s world governing body.
Also re-elected to seats on the Confederation executive committee were Alan I. Rothenberg of the USA to the post of vice president, North Zone; Lisle Austin of Barbados (vice president, Caribbean Zone); Alfredo Hawit Banegas (Honduras) to the post of member, Central Zone. In addition, Isaac David Sasso Sasso was returned to the Central Zone on the FIFA executive committee, which also holds a seat on the Confederation executive committee.