Football Politics

Warner: English clubs do not respect Caribbean

November 19, 2008

Prominent FIFA member Jack Warner has repeated his attack on English football's negative view about football in the Caribbean.

Even though the FA sent England to Warner's native Trinidad for a friendly in June, there appears to be a simmering resentment from the FIFA executive committee member over a row with Sunderland boss Roy Keane over the release of Dwight Yorke.

Warner accused Keane of pulling Yorke out of a meeting with the United States, sparking an angry reaction from the former Manchester United captain, who labelled the FIFA vice-president 'a clown'.

The attack has clearly not been forgotten by Warner, emphasising an overall view of English football that could yet have consequences in the battle to stage the 2018 World Cup.

Warner's CONCACAF region hold three of the 24 votes on offer and could be seen as crucial, particularly if FIFA decide to award the tournament to a European country.

England have already declared their intention to host the tournament but they face competition from, amongst others, a combined bid from Spain and Portugal, Russia and another joint approach from the Benelux countries.

''This region does not get much respect,'' Warner told The Voice. ''English clubs do not respect us when we ask for our own players. They consider us to be irritants at best.

''I had a run-in with the guy from Sunderland (manager Roy Keane) and I did not want to go down to his level. But it showed me the sort of views that they have about us.''