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SBD Global/April 23, 2013/International Football

Former FIFA VP Jack Warner Resigns As Trinidad's National Security Minister

Trinidad's Prime Minister office said that former FIFA VP Jack Warner "resigned as Trinidad and Tobago's national security minister on Sunday, two days after an investigation accused him of 'fraudulent' management of the CONCACAF football confederation," according to Simon Evans of REUTERS. Warner, who stepped down as CONCACAF president in '11 after a "cash-for-votes" scandal, "was accused on Friday at a congress of football officials in Panama of tricking the body that represents football in North America, Central America and the Caribbean out of ownership" of the $26M Centre of Excellence in Port of Spain. He "is also facing an FBI probe over a separate issue." Trinidad PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar said, "I have today accepted the offer of resignation of the Minister of National Security, Mr. Jack Warner from the Cabinet of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago." Pressure on Warner "to resign built up over the weekend after one of the major partners in Trinidad's four-member party coalition government called for Warner's firing" (REUTERS, 4/22).
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