Jack Warner, the former president of the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) and vice-president of Fifa, has sued the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA) over unpaid loans.
The Trinidad & Tobago Guardian newspaper has reported that Warner has sued the body to the tune of almost TT$16m (€2.1m/$2.4m). The report added that Warner’s lawsuit states that the TTFA has acknowledged the loans “several times” but is yet to repay them.
The newspaper obtained court filings in which Warner, who is from Trinidad and Tobago, claims to have loaned the body TT$15,761,003 over the course of 15 years. The loans are said to relate to the TTFA’s expenses during a period that covered the national team’s successful qualification for the 2006 Fifa World Cup.
Warner has claimed that ex-TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee has previously acknowledged the debt and said it would be repaid when the organisation was in a position to do so. The Guardian’s report states that Warner tried to get Tim Kee to outline a repayment plan in 2015, but the debt was written off in the TTFA’s financial statements that year.
Warner’s documents stated: “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 aforementioned TT$15.7m plus interest.
In September 2015, Warner was banned from all football-related activities for life by Fifa’s ethics committee. Warner was one of 14 football officials and sports marketing executives indicted in the US earlier that year on bribery, money laundering and wire fraud charges involving more than $150m in payments.
Warner was Concacaf president from 1990 to 2011 and sat on the Fifa Executive Committee for 28 years.