FIFA prepares to hear Warner case

December 4, 2006

BERNE, Switzerland -- FIFA's executive committee will hear a report about alleged misconduct by vice-president Jack Warner at a two-day meeting in Zurich this week.

Warner has been under investigation by the world governing body's disciplinary committee since September after allegations that he personally profited from the resale of World Cup tickets, contrary to FIFA's own ticketing rules.

The matter was first brought to FIFA's attention following two separate investigations by auditors Enst & Young in April and July.

FIFA announced in September that Warner's reported involvement in the resale of 180 World Cup tickets would be examined by the disciplinary committee.

FIFA spokesman Andreas Herren declined to comment further on Monday and would only say that the executive committee would this week hear the disciplinary committee's report into the Warner case.

Warner, who is president of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean football associations (CONCACAF) has denied any wrongdoing.

At the last meeting of the executive committee in September, FIFA agreed to set up an independent ethics committee to consider future allegations of misconduct by officials, players or players' agents.

The new committee, chaired by Britain's double Olympic gold medallist Sebastian Coe, was not asked to look at Warner's case since FIFA ruled that it could not act retroactively.

In other business, the executive committee is due to consider the current suspensions of the Kenyan and Iranian football associations.

It will also hear a report into the state of preparations for the 2010 World Cup and lay down a rough timeline for the bidding process for the 2014 World Cup.