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In the context of so many young, well intentioned, but under-informed posters who feel overwhelmed by Jack Warner's destruction of the few heroes in our society (our Warriors), I thought that a thread that is educational about Jack Warner would be useful. Meant to address allegations about him, his profile, his source of power, his hidden backers, his source of apparent teflon and his unknown vulnerabilities. Also welcome are ideas that can offer constructive strategies to minimize his damaging actions and manipulative measures, to democratically remove him and his cronies, empower the T&T people he exploits, protect the footballers that he persecutes and give people, business, NGOs more confidence to lobby/agitate for his removal. There is also a need for him/TTFF to account for monies that have allegedly been stolen by Jackula/TTFF from the country/players. It is thought by some, that he is completely untouchable and that it is futile trying to confront him. I'm not too sure I buy that. It's also thought that his whip of persecution and vengeance is so potent that it is advisable to run from him. I don't buy that either. I think it's time to be more analytical.  :beermug:
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FIFA chief's World Cup ticket scam
Sunday, September 17, 2006
The Sports Policy Blog

http://sportspolicy.blogspot.com/2006/09/fifa-chiefs-world-cup-ticket-scam.html

Here is a portion of an article from: http://www.intix.org/news.php?ArticleID=2360

One of FIFA’s most senior figures secretly set up deals to sell thousands of World Cup tickets worth millions of pounds — including 900 destined for England fans — on the black market, Sportsmail can reveal.

Vice-president Jack Warner flagrantly defied FIFA’s rules, but confidential auditors’ reports exposing his activities before and during the tournament have been suppressed. Sportsmail has acquired the confidential reports produced for FIFA by auditors Ernst & Young revealing how Warner was allowed to amass a fortune trading in tickets for Germany 2006.

One report estimated he and son Daryan cleared a profit of at least £500,000 on 5,400 tickets for England, Mexico and Japan matches The lenient treatment of Warner — who controls 35 crucial votes that keep FIFA president Sepp Blatter in power — contrasts starkly with the fate of fellow executive committee member Ismail Bhamjee in June.

‘Every ticket on the black market is a ticket that has been initially supplied by FIFA to someoneONE of FIFA’s most senior figures secretly set up deals to sell thousands of World Cup tickets worth millions of pounds — including 900 destined for England fans — on the black market, Sportsmail can reveal.

Sportsmail has acquired the confidential reports produced for FIFA by auditors Ernst & Young revealing how Warner was allowed to amass a fortune trading in tickets for Germany 2006. One report estimated he and son Daryan cleared a profit of at least £500,000 on 5,400 tickets for England, Mexico and Japan matches.

The huge volume of tickets demanded by Warner rang alarm bells in FIFA’s ticket office and a further Ernst & Young report submitted on July 8 to FIFA listed another 292 tickets ordered and paid for by Warner Snr, then resold at huge profits.

They concluded: ‘Tickets (bought by) Jack Warner were transferred or resold into the secondary market in breach of 2006 World Cup ticketing general terms and conditions.’ Yet again FIFA did not act. Warner Snr submitted a further demand for an astonishing 1,245 tickets for second-round matches. It was not fulfilled.

Four years ago Sportsmail alleged that Warner Snr had made a $350,000 profit selling World Cup tickets in 2002. Last night, FIFA spokesman Andreas Herren declined to reveal how many tickets Warner Snr ordered or received or explain why the audit reports had been kept secret for so long. Herren claimed the matter would be discussed at this Friday’s executive committee meeting in Zurich at the request of Jack Warner — although there is no mention of it on the agenda published last week.
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2007, 02:55:16 PM »
Fifa to appoint British watchdog to safeguard international ethics
Friday September 15, 2006
Martyn Ziegler, The Guardian

http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_...872921,00.html


Fifa will today announce that a Briton is to head the world governing body's first independent watchdog - and his first task will be to deal with the World Cup ticket scandal that has engulfed the vice-president Jack Warner.

The name of the chairman of the independent ethics commission will be announced by Fifa's president Sepp Blatter in Zurich. The appointment of the high-profile figure is aimed to show that Fifa has embraced transparency after years of criticism that their old internal ethics committee was toothless.

The timing is not good for Warner, a Fifa vice-president from Trinidad & Tobago, who this week was revealed to have been identified by Fifa's auditors as being involved in a World Cup ticket scandal.

Warner has been embroiled in similar situations before but until now has always kept his position because under Fifa's statutes only his confederation can remove him - not Blatter and not his fellow executive committee members.

As Warner effectively controls the Concacaf federation, his position has until now been invulnerable, but all that could be set to change. One Fifa insider said: "The idea is that the new ethics commission is both independent and has teeth."

The auditors Ernst & Young traced numerous World Cup tickets bought by Warner as having been quickly resold through a Florida-based agency at up to three times their face value.In their confidential report to Fifa, the accountants say: "We can confirm that tickets included in orders under customer reference 201498572 [Mr Jack Warner] were transferred or resold into the secondary market in breach of the 2006 Fifa World Cup Germany ticketing general terms and conditions."

Warner escaped censure in March despite Fifa's ruling that he was guilty of a clear conflict of interest. Warner, a special adviser to the Trinidad & Tobago FA, broke the code of conduct after his family's travel company, Simpaul, secured exclusive rights to sell his country's entire World Cup ticket allocation.

Warner told Fifa that he and his wife had sold their shares in Simpaul and had no idea he had violated any rules. In the 1980s and 90s Warner obtained Fifa's TV rights for the Caribbean for a pittance and then sold them on to broadcasters.

Meanwhile, the Uefa president Lennart Johansson, also a Fifa vice-president, has called for tougher rules to regulate football agents and club ownership. He said: "We should be concerned about the situation with agents, bribery, illegal betting, racism and hooliganism."


http://football.guardian.co.uk/News_...872921,00.html
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2007, 03:06:41 PM »
Fifa vice-president escapes action over ticket scandal
Published: 07 December 2006
By Martyn Ziegler, The Independent

http://sport.independent.co.uk/football/news/article2054513.ece


Jack Warner, one of Fifa's most senior and controversial figures, has been reprimanded after being involved in a World Cup ticket scandal - but has escaped any disciplinary action.

Fifa's executive committee expressed their "disapproval" at the behaviour of Warner, a Fifa vice-president from Trinidad & Tobago. Warner was identified in a report by auditors Ernst & Young as having bought World Cup tickets which were then re-sold at up to three times their face value. A Fifa investigation found Warner's son Daryan was involved in the scandal but that there was "no concrete evidence" that the vice-president himself had played an active role.

Sepp Blatter, the Fifa president, said: "The executive committee has expressed its disapproval over the conduct of Mr Warner. This disapproval of the conduct of the vice-president draws his attention to the fact that he should be more prudent and cautious when it comes to ticketing and should also oversee the activities of his son a little more. That is all there is to say in relation to this affair and we now consider the case closed." Blatter said it would be up to the Fifa administration whether the Warner family's Simpaul travel agency would be allowed to sell tickets for future World Cups.

In their report to Fifa which was leaked, Ernst & Young said the tickets were bought in Warner's name and then picked up by Daryan in Germany before they were bought from ticket agency Kick Sports for €400 (£270) apiece - collectively €54,000 (£37,000) more than face value.

Fifa's disciplinary committee also rejected complaints from Warner about the behaviour of the world governing body's general secretary Urs Linsi, Fifa's administration, and Ernst & Young regarding the case.

Warner has been embroiled in similar situations before but under Fifa's statutes only his confederation can remove him - not Blatter and not his fellow executive committee members. As Warner effectively controls CONCACAF, the North and Central American and Caribbean football federation, his position has until now been invulnerable.

In the future, similar scandals may have different results as the new Fifa ethics commission, headed by Lord Sebastian Coe, will be given considerable powers to take action.

Warner escaped censure in March despite Fifa's ruling that he was guilty of a clear conflict of interest when Simpaul secured exclusive rights to sell Trinidad's entire World Cup ticket allocation. Warner told Fifa that he and his wife had sold their shares in Simpaul and had no idea he had violated any rules. In the 1980s and 1990s, Warner obtained Fifa's television rights for the Caribbean for a low price and then controversially sold them on to broadcasters.

* Uefa's executive committee will reconsider Gibraltar's controversial request for Uefa membership this week in the face of opposition from the Spanish FA. The committee had been expected to approve their membership last month but delayed a decision after the Spanish FA submitted new documents.
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2007, 04:05:13 PM »
FIFA's 'Republic of cousins'
Monday, August 07, 2006

http://mofyc.blogspot.com/2006/08/fifas-republic-of-cousins.html


Soccer is one of the most lucrative parts of the entertainment industry in the world. Just to give you a tiny idea of how much money is involved, US broadcasters recently paid $425 million just for the rights to air six month-long tournaments, the overwhelmingly majority of which was for only two (the 2010 and 2014 men's World Cups). And that's just the broadcast rights for one country, a country where soccer is hardly the biggest thing on the sport radar screen.

Yet for an industry with so much money involved, there sure are a lot of shady dealings.

Take the case of the Trinidadian Jack Warner. Warner is the president of CONCACAF, the regional confederation that governs (if you can call it that) soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean. He is also a vice-president for the international soccer federation FIFA. As such, he was instrumental in seeing his home country awarded the 2001 World Youth Championships. According to The Trinidad Express, Warner was allegedly involved in some curious business practices surrounding stadium construction and renovations for the tournament.

The paper reports that along with some partners, Warner formed a company called Concacaf, which conveniently had the same acronym as the confederation he heads but for a different purpose: to arrange stadium construction and renovation. The budget for the projects skyrocketed more than 2 1/2 fold after the involvement of Concacaf (the company). The Trinidad and Tobago government is still repaying the loan, having been a guarantor. Subcontractors have complained that Concacaf (the company) has demanded they pay an extra two and a half percent for the development of Trinidad and Tobago's national soccer team. They were told in writing that they would not get contracts in the future if they failed to comply.

Warner has also been found guilty of violating FIFA's code of ethics (snicker) because of his involvement with a travel agency that sold tickets to this year's World Cup in Germany.

That story was also broken by The Trinidad Express as well as a report that Warner was misrepresenting the amount that the Trinidad and Tobago soccer federation would receive for qualifying for the recent World Cup.

As for the reporter who broke all of these stories, Warner tried to deny him accreditation to cover to World Cup, but FIFA overruled him.

This sort of greed and ethically challenged 'leadership' is why the Gold Cup, the most prestigious tournament in CONCACAF (the confederation), is not available on free television in English in the United States. This is why American TV viewers can watch Deportivo Quito try to win the Ecuadorian league or Trabzonspor's quest for the UEFA Cup but not the US national team's attempts to win North America's continental championship.

After such embarassment, you'd think the international governing body would try maintain at least the appearance of propriety. Yet, The International Herald Tribune reports that of all the people who could've been chosen to head a Swiss company that trades in soccer's lucrative broadcasting rights, the 'best' person they could find for the job was none other than Philippe Blatter... son of FIFA's Swiss president Sepp Blatter.
The elder Blatter insisted that his son's position would not affect FIFA's business relationship with the company.

I'm sure the company only hired the younger Blatter because he dressed well.

You'd think the international federation's code of ethics (snicker) would ban dealings between FIFA and companies run by employees of FIFA or their relatives. But apparently not. This incestuous culture in the world's most popular sport has led one German writer to deride the federation's mindset as a 'Republic of cousins.'

FIFA's motto is 'For the good of the game.' Perhaps they mean 'For the good of the lords of the game.'

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« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2007, 04:17:13 PM »
FIFA to Avoid Legal Battle
Friday, January 19, 2007

http://EzineArticles.com/?expert=Nigel_Kerry
 

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner will very likely drop his planned legal action against the authors of a report and some FIFA officials.

A report conducted by the auditors of FIFA, Ernst and Young, alleged that Trinidadian Warner and his son had been involved in World Cup ticketing scams. By abandoning his intentions to sue FIFA will escape an embarrassing public affair.

According to the report he and his family are accused of selling World Cup tickets for much more than face value. The report linked the company Simpaul Travel, run by Warner's son Daryan, to thousands of tickets for games involving England, Trinidad and Tobago, Mexico and Japan at the World Cup. The Ernst & Young report shows 900 tickets for England matches, 1,500 for Mexico games and 3,000 for Japan were obtained by the Warners and sold through the travel company which had exclusive rights in the Caribbean to ticket- and-hotel packages worth more than $1 million.

Another report conducted by a lawyer, Collins, accused Ernst and Young of containing incomplete information and drawing false conclusions. Warner wanted to use the Collins report to sue. Finally he accepted to stop his legal action according to a compromise found with FIFA representative. Warner will let FIFA's internal disciplinary committee decide the matter.

Nigel Kerry is an American free lance writer born in Los Angeles, California. Kerry writes among others for Sportus.com - Sportsbook reviews, UsBookies.com - Sports Betting Online and Get-best-mortgage-loan.com - Mortgage lenders, get the best mortgage loan

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« Reply #5 on: January 31, 2007, 04:36:25 PM »
Accusations Link FIFA President Sepp Blatter’s Election With Corruption Scandal Involving CONCACAF’s Jack Warner
June 12th, 2006

http://gerakmalaysia.org/web/?p=131


According to a BBC’s Panorama, credible evidence link FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s election with vote corruption. The programe is revealing a widespread corruption case in which huge sums exchanged hands.

According to the programe, CONCACAF Football Executive and FIFA Vice-President Jack Austin Warner took huge bribes in return for the votes of 30 Football Associations he controls.

BBC’s Andrew Jennings has been intentionally banned by FIFA from all FIFA press conferences and FIFA venues, such as the World Cup.

The officials from the World Football’s “Governing Body” do not comment on the allegations and with silly excuses they constantly change the subject. This comes after a series of allegations were made the past few years, but which mr Blatter has declined to say anything when asked by reporters, an attitude which looks very suspicious to many press representatives, including us. The news could spell big trouble for FIFA, especially while we are in the first few days of the World Cup 2006 in Germany.

The allegations provide evidence that the so called “Football Development” programmes of FIFA in African and other developing countries are operated as a cover-up for a multi million (possibly billion) dollar buyout of votes from the CONCACAF confederation. There are many decisions of FIFA in the past which have caused controversy and several measures to maximise the earnings of FIFA’s tournaments. Although FIFA says that this money is used to develop football in poor counties, it is people like Jack Warner that enjoy a lavish life in Trinidad & Tobago, while the country’s youth lack even the basic facilities to learn football.

Authorities in Switzerland, although did not confirm towards which individual their investigation about a particular bribing case which involved a payment of over one million pounds (sterling) which was pocketed by FIFA officials in order to favour particular sponsors for the World Cup.
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« Reply #6 on: January 31, 2007, 05:47:25 PM »
THE SIMPAUL SAGA: FIFA VICE PRESIDENT
CAUGHT WITH HIS HAND IN THE TILL
Nov 6, 2006
By: Lasana Liburd

http://www.playthegame.org/blog/sitecore/content/Home/Knowledge%20Bank/Articles/The_Simpaul_saga.aspx

 
Trinidad Express journalist Lasana Liburd looks back on an investigative World Cup ticket story that shook FIFA

On December 13, 2005, FIFA vice-president Jack Warner announced at a press conference that Simpaul’s Travel Service had paid the T&TFF TT$.5 million (63,860 Euro) to be the official World Cup ticket distributor for the 2006 World Cup.

Warner is the T&TFF’s special advisor—an ambiguous position he created for himself with the cooperation of compliant president Oliver Camps. Camps was twice employed as national team manager while Warner was general secretary of the local football organizing body and always allows his former boss to make important announcements as well as speak last at functions.

I did not attend that particular press conference but my head whirred once the news went public. The ownership of Simpaul’s had long been subject to a whispering campaign as the company was clearly a preferred business partner of the T&TFF. But there had never been an inquest.

A thousand excuses could be offered for the failure of the media to shine light into such areas. The truth is that conflicts of interest are not uncommon in Trinidad and Tobago society. In football, though, I felt that the 63-year-old Warner made it into a mission statement.
 
Trinidad Express reporter, Lasana Liburd, was subjected to personal attacks by Jack Warner, when he dug into the ticket scandal

Warner is the T&TFF’s special advisor—an ambiguous position he created for himself with the cooperation of compliant president Oliver Camps. Camps was twice employed as national team manager while Warner was general secretary of the local football organizing body and always allows his former boss to make important announcements as well as speak last at functions.

I did not attend that particular press conference but my head whirred once the news went public. The ownership of Simpaul’s had long been subject to a whispering campaign as the company was clearly a preferred business partner of the T&TFF. But there had never been an inquest.

A thousand excuses could be offered for the failure of the media to shine light into such areas. The truth is that conflicts of interest are not uncommon in Trinidad and Tobago society. In football, though, I felt that the 63-year-old Warner made it into a mission statement.

When Trinidad and Tobago hosted the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championship, for instance, Warner and his immediate family benefited with multi-million dollar contracts for everything from catering and IT to travel packages and construction.

There were audible grumbles but Warner bullied critics into submission. Their envy, he suggested, might be heard in Zurich and then FIFA would surely be upset and take football back from the tiny twin-island republic of just over 1.2 million people.

To prove his point, FIFA president Sepp Blatter turned up and seemed indifferent to the allegations of corruption. The general public decided, one sensed, that Warner’s opulence did not make them poorer and normal service resumed.

"Ticket or leave it!"
Fast forward to November 2005. Trinidad and Tobago was in raptures at the team’s historic qualification for the World Cup final. A sea of fans in red and white dress awaited the team at the PiarcoInternationalAirport after the decisive win over Bahrain on November 16.

Goodwill and gratitude washed over everything loosely related to the self-titled “Soca Warriors” including the controversial and enigmatic Warner. Trinidad and Tobago was dreaming of a brighter future and prepared to forgive to achieve it.

How did Warner respond to his sudden popularity boost in his homeland?

First, he asked the local government for a “blank cheque”—to help the team’s preparation, of course. I responded negatively to his request in an editorial, in firm but respectful tones, and so did the government.

Then came the Simpaul saga and an announcement from the travel agency that anyone who wished to see T&T play in Germany would have to pay TT$30,000 (3,832 Euro) for the privilege.

“Ticket or leave it!” screamed the advertisements.
 
I knew then that a wolf could never become a vegetarian. And, as a journalist, I would do my duty by allowing the general public access to information that was denied them. 

Three-part series exposed Warner's ownership of Simpaul
At this point, I began work on a three-part series that would not only prove the ownership of Simpaul but also scrutinize the relationship between the T&TFF and Warner and the way it impacted on the country and local football.

The first signs of dissent were beginning to be manifest by the odd complaint casting aspersions on Simpaul’s ownership in the letters pages of the Trinidad Express Newspaper.

The first part of my series made front-page news on Christmas morning. The trickle of disapproving letters about Warner’s conduct turned into tide of outrage by the New Year. This time, Warner’s actions affected the public directly and they took the opportunity to vent.

On the street, I was congratulated for my bravery but warned of the backlash. I was fully aware of the possible repercussions. 

Before my first story was published, a former editor, who I respect very much, advised me not to go through with it for fear that I would be denied accreditation for the World Cup. My career needed the fillip of writing from the prestigious tournament while, he reasoned, the gains from such a piece would be minimal at best. FIFA officials, he explained, are not dictated to by the conscience of individual journalists.

I retorted that I would rather watch the World Cup on television than be untrue to myself.


The investigative series was not written to bring attention to myself or for money—I asked for no more than my usual freelance rate. It was done out of professional pride. Warner did what he felt he could and I responded by doing what I felt was my obligation to the profession.

The word was out that Simpaul’s sales had slowed considerably. Naturally, I was pleased although more for my countrymen than myself. I was happy that they were making themselves heard in the only way they could. 

Warner must respond now. I expected him to tell the public that Simpaul’s prices—Warner would pocket near TT$16,000 (2,044 Euro) profit per package sold—were an error and make a concession to satisfy fans who wanted to go to Germany; not protest. He would then, I felt, mock my series as a gross exaggeration and then matter would be closed.

I would view as success any change in the price and manner in which tickets allocated by FIFA forTrinidad and Tobago fans actually reached them.

Attack by press conference
On January 3, the T&TFF staged a press conference without giving any particulars about its content. I turned up early to face the consequences head on and, sensing that something was up, the entire local media as well as some regional wire services showed up as well.

Warner barely finished acknowledging the audience before he slung his first barb at me. Forty-five minutes later, Warner was still talking and I was the focal point. I was called everything from “a creature” to “an inveterate liar” and “political hatchet man” while derogatory references were made towards all from my schooling to my patriotism.

I giggled at first. Stunned by the ferociousness and immaturity of the attack and its glaring inaccuracies and untruths.

Much of the local media, I sensed, smirked in their seats. There are just three local newspapers. At the Trinidad Guardian, sport editor Valentino Singh wrote Warner’s first biography and was already working on the second. The FIFA bigwig had similarly cosy relations, I felt, with many of my compatriots. 

I would be lying if I did not admit to looking around the room with disgust although there were brave and probing questions too from a few fellow reporters.
 
Warner, after a 50-minute rant, offered the press just 15 minutes to pose questions. I wanted to correct the inaccuracies regarding my person but decided to avoid making the issue a personal one. I felt he had not adequately addressed the concerns expressed in my series.

Was he not abusing his power and bringing FIFA and the T&TFF into disrepute? Why were Trinidad and Tobago fans being charged so much?

Warner thundered that he not abused his power and even suggested the T&TFF was the real winner by having a business partner who could appreciate and sympathise with its problems. As for Simpaul’s purchase of the country’s World Cup tickets, he assured me the company had done similar business for the last three successive World Cup tournaments.

As far as confessions went, I felt that would do quite nicely.

Curiously, Warner also claimed that Simpaul had not received a single ticket from the T&TFF as yet and did not even know how many would be allocated. He insisted that the tickets Simpaul had already sold were purchased from a mysterious “European tour operator”.

I had another question. Why, as he claimed, would FIFA allow Germany, as the host nation, to tax 21 percent of income owed to all football associations at the tournament?

“Jesus Christ!” Warner shouted, in mock exasperation at a question too stupid to possibly respond to.

The press conference was promptly brought to a close.

In the following day’s paper, I responded to his personal attacks in roughly two paragraphs but again sought Warner’s indulgence in responding to the more serious points that were raised. It is a stance I tried to maintain throughout.

The whole world gets involved
There was one change to the climate. The international media had caught wind of the stink. In Trinidad, only one daily paper—my own—followed the story as fellow columnists showed their solidarity in the face of Warner’s attacks while our counterparts turned their backs. Now global reporters were doing their own calculations and Warner’s maneuvering space had shrunk.

Ten days after the infamous press conference, FIFA announced that Ernst & Young would act as independent auditors to investigate possible misconduct in World Cup ticket sales. On February 16, Warner appeared before the FIFA Ethics and Fair Play Committee to answer to a charge of conflict of interest.

I might have been more popular but my personal situation had worsened. My employers, CCN, owned the television rights for the 2006 World Cup and Warner openly hinted that their future business with CONCACAF—he is also president of the confederation—could be in jeopardy if they continued to employ me.

I was also denied the right to apply for accreditation for the World Cup. I was, according to the T&TFF press officer, now deemed “persona non grata” by FIFA.

Harder for me to swallow was the intense mocking that came my way from several sections of the local media who tried to paint me as unpatriotic for supposedly trying to get a fellow countryman in trouble. Never mind that the countryman in question, to my mind, was attempting to rob his own people.

I was still writing, though. One by one, I tried to hold up his public uttering for scrutiny.

There was, for instance, no Germany taxation on money paid to the 32 participating associations in the World Cup while the T&TFF were already informed of its ticket quota. Simpaul’s package deal was also declared illegal by FIFA. Simpaul also admitted to selling nearly 2,000 tickets provided by the T&TFF.

By now, my work was greatly assisted by media colleagues from England and Germany while I was grateful to support from many other organizations including “Play the Game”.

It was the encouragement from my foreign counterparts that prompted me to seek out official response from FIFA on my “blacklisting” after initially resigning myself to the cost of my belligerence. FIFA media chief, Andreas Herren, righted that wrong by accrediting me as an international journalist.

Even more, the Ethics and Fair Play Committee found Warner guilty of a conflict of interest. He was the first FIFA executive committee member to be convicted of anything and I suddenly felt that the world was not all doom and gloom.

Perhaps there was justice in the football corridors after all.

It turned out to be wishful thinking.
 
Ticket prices went down but Warner is safe
A Trinidad and Tobago government minister, enthused by the possibility to be rid of a political enemy and thorn, produced documentation that suggested an extraordinary act of fraud.

In 1999, Warner created a company called “Concacaf”—not to be mistaken with FIFA’s CONCACAF—and used it to acquire $365 million (46.6 million Euro) in State funds under the pretext that FIFA was personally involved with the construction of stadia for the World Youth Championship in Trinidad and Tobago.

Warner formed another company called “FIFA Stadia Project” to hire contractors and he and his son, Daryan Warner, acted as signatories. Warner even paid himself a $6 million (766,320 Euro) consultancy fee for his troubles.

Open and shut case, I thought. But FIFA’s responses to my e-mails grew quite tense and I was told in no uncertain terms that they were not interested in pursuing the matter. I was told that my queries should be directed towards the 2001 World Youth Cup Local Organising Committee (LOC) instead.

The LOC chairman was, if no-one could guess, Warner himself.


The tide was turning.

On March 17, FIFA confirmed my fear. Warner emerged unscathed from a Zurich meeting meant to find an appropriate punishment for his indiscretion. Warner got no more than a warning and was commended for correcting the problem himself.

Prior to the meeting, Warner had his name legally removed from the list of directors at Simpaul’s Travel. There was no evidence to suggest that he had similarly sold his shares though

Warner viewed it as a victory and another sign of his superiority and promptly celebrated by putting full page advertisements in the local newspapers trumpeting his innocence and mocking certain cynics “masquerading as sport writers”.

I wonder who he meant?

By now, though, the public was allowed to purchase tickets at virtually cost price without being forced to accept Simpaul’s package while even rival travel companies got a piece of the action.

In spite of his subsequent acquittal, I felt Warner was shown to be less of a monarch and more of a bully. His stature was no longer quite as intimidating either. I had not been crushed and I have no intention of falling under anyone’s heel in the future either.

I prefer to dwell on the positive side of the saga. I had a nagging fear that the scandal might impact negatively on my country and the region by establishing a stigma of naked corruption. It is far from the truth, particularly in sport where adrenalin and high stakes often cause men and women to betray their own nature.

Cricket batting sensation, Brian Lara, is famous for ending his innings when he knows himself to be out—regardless of whether the umpire spotted his infraction. Football star and team captain Dwight Yorke never tries to con referees or get fellow professionals ejected. And sprint success and Olympic medallist, Ato Boldon, never degraded the many athletes he defeated not the few who flew past him.

In Warner’s case, the international public should note that his unscrupulous deeds were first exposed and condemned by his countrymen before the world governing football body gave him a lifeline.

The last year was a giddy ride between celebrating Trinidad and Tobago’s success on the field and then exposing the behaviour of its officials off it.

I would do it all over again in a flash. But I pray to God I will never have to.
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« Reply #7 on: January 31, 2007, 05:57:28 PM »
The key to cancer is early detection and it too long for us now tryin to address Jack. It will take a revolution in football where everybody under 0 to decide that they have had enough and eh go play until the TTFF goes under new management. That eh go happen so the most we can hold with this cancer is remission.
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« Reply #8 on: January 31, 2007, 06:04:24 PM »
The key to cancer is early detection and it too long for us now tryin to address Jack. It will take a revolution in football where everybody under 0 to decide that they have had enough and eh go play until the TTFF goes under new management. That eh go happen so the most we can hold with this cancer is remission.
brudder, you know when men give up hope.  Thaz how I feel with Jack.  I feel like nothing I or we or the play7ers could do to ever get rid of he.  IS like the rpisoners in guantanomo bay...no access to lawyers, breaking geneva conventions by use to semantics...hurt my heart every day but  anything I could do to bring it to an end?  or the crime situation in trinidad.
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« Reply #9 on: January 31, 2007, 06:08:27 PM »
Understand how yuh feel bounty. Dais how an abuser makes an abusee feel.......hopeless. Btw, weary is not really a brudder,..... if y'understand where ah comin' from.
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« Reply #11 on: January 31, 2007, 10:28:09 PM »
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
FROM 'VILLAIN' TO GODFATHER, FIFA VICE-PRESIDENT, AUSTIN JACK WARNER TURNS MISFORTUNE INTO DOLLARS
January 13, 2000
By Camille Moreno, Business Guardian



Page 1

In the international football community, Austin "Jack" Warner is well known as a shrewd and tough administrator.

But for many others, particularly the players of the popular sport, Warner is a godfather who steps in and helps them out in their hour of need.

Such was the case last Friday when a footballer, fearful of losing his car which had been repossessed by a bank, caught up with Warner at the local Concacaf offices in Port of Spain.

It was by chance that the ever-busy football federation president turned up for work that day.  He had returned two nights earlier from Germany for a brief stopover before heading out on Monday to Brazil where the Fifa World Club Championships are being played Monday.

Preoccupied with last Saturday's friendly match between the senior national squad and Canada, as well as the launching of Carnival 2000 celebrations in his Arouca hometown the next day, Warner seemed a bit perplexed by the distressed young man's arrival at this offices.

Rather than wave him off with the excuse of a tight schedule, the 56 year-old Fifa vice-president ushered the contrite lad into his office and immediately got on the phone with the bankers.

"What would you have done if I weren't here?" chided Warner, sounding like a schoolteacher once again.

"Sorry sir, sorry sir!" replied the player, as if he were indeed a pupil in one of Warner's former classes.

And as quickly as he came in the grateful footballer was soon on his way out to the bank, hopefully to retrieve his car, after Warner arranged to a guarantee for his outstanding payments.

The gesture is an act, which the retired teacher of Polytechnic Institute, also known as Sixth Form Government Secondary, would perform for anyone once he had "the means to help".

That's why when Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam was desperately seeking a sponsor for the trip to the international pageant in Hawaii, Warner quietly bought her a first class ticket.

Fitzwilliam, however, spilled the beans about his generosity.

"I have personally given away as much as $25,000 in a month once.  But I don't run here and there to pose for pictures of me making a donation.  It makes what I do seem less genuine," Warner admits cautiously.

That he is always wiling to lend a helping hand to youths stems from Warner's own struggles growing up in Rio Claro and Longdenville, Chaguanas.

Indeed, his own ascendancy to the millionaires club was not an easy climb for the Fifa executive who once cut cane in Central Trinidad to help out at home.

"We were poor, very poor.  I used to cut cane, look after pigs, and walk six miles to and from school.  Those were tough times," recalls the Presentation College, Chaguanas graduate.

The worn-out garb he wore in the fields is a far cry from the tailored three-piece suits Warner sports today.

Placing his personal worth in the $50 million range, the father of two is not shy about the "ultra-fantastic" paychecks he receives as Fifa vice-president, a position he assumed in 1997.

It, too, is a long way from his earnings as a teacher and general secretary of the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).

Ever ready to dip into his own pocket for the sake of football, Warner once mortgaged his Arouca home for $30,000 to bail out the former cash-strapped TTFA.

With such financial woes a thing of the past, Warner's current assets include the football club, Joe Public, the Scarlet Ibis hotel, real estate in Port of Spain, Westmoorings, St Augustine, Arouca and Salybia.  Also among his investments are a battery company in Costa Rica and "a few businesses" in the United States (US).

"I began buying properties across Trinidad from the salary and allowances I received from FIFA.  This made it easy for me to invest.  I have had one or two good fortunes."

Apart from a solid-gold letter opener, a gift from King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Warner's most-prized fortune is Joe Public of which his wife Maureen and sons Daryan and Daryll are directors.

Ameer Edoo, executive chairman of WISE, the brokerage firm, and businessmen Peter Stone, Anand Persad and Curtis Forde round off the football club's board.

As owner of the only non-corporate sponsored team in the Professional Football League, Warner provides handsomely for his players, whose salaries range from $1,800 to $8,000 complete with insurance coverage and bonus benefits.

On the real estate front, the one-time president of the Caribbean Football Union (a position which gave him an automatic seat on the Fifa council prior to his vice-presidency) is currently remodeling the Scarlet Ibis hotel in St Augustine, which he bought in 1998 for $6 million.

Although he previously planned to use the 52-room structure to accommodate visiting football teams - a vision he also had for the controversial John John Towers for which he once made a $6 million bid - Warner has since decided to turn the hotel into an apartment block.

A multi-storey plaza is also being built next door on the hotel's car park, which the entrepreneur hopes to name "Shoppes of St Augustine".

In his adopted hometown of Arouca, Warner also owns and runs a small shopping mall, Kantac Plaza, and recently bought additional lands, which will be turned into a "Carnival City" for the eastern community's 2000 celebrations.

Warner's astute investments did not stop there.

Among the newest additions to Warner's real estate portfolio is a property in uptown Port of Spain, situated next door to his building on Edward Street, which he rents to Concacaf for its Trinidad offices.  He plans to share the additional space with the TTFA.

The list goes on and on and includes a local warehouse that he bought to store the gifts he had received from 129 countries.

Given his affluence, it seems Warner always had a flair for business.

But after more than 20 years as  a teacher (he retired from Polytechnic in 1993) and football administrator, Austin "Jack" Warner the businessman only came to the fore after the infamous Strike Squad November 19, 1989 loss in the World Cup qualifier against the US.

The defeat, which left Warner a broken man, turned out to be a blessing in disguise.

"When we lost I was vilified by the country.  I cried like a baby during that experience.  So that in April 1990 I thought I should leave the country because people outside were asking me to come and take over Concacaf.  It was then that Jack Warner, the businessman, began to emerge."

Pushed by Chuck Blazer, a New York accountant and businessman, Warner went up for the Concacaf presidency.

The hard-worn battle against Mexican, Joachim Terrazas, who ruled Concacaf for close to 30 years, was only the beginning of what turned out to be a bigger financial conflict for Warner.

"When I got into Concacaf, I met an organisation in Guatemala City that had been there for over 30 years and which was virtually bankrupt with a table, eight chairs and US $40,000."

But with Blazer at his side as Concacaf general secretary, Warner turned the struggling organisation into a US $4 million enterprise in just two years.

He did so by moving the football confederation to the financial capital of the world - New York.

There, Warner and his Concacaf team, courted some of the top US corporations, among them international soft drink giant, Coca Cola, American Airlines and Budweiser.

"I was able to sit in the boardrooms of these guys and talk one and one with them and so I was able to get certain benefits from them for Concacaf."

Drawing on his own diplomatic skills, hones in the classroom and in countless football meetings, Warner charmed leading US businessmen, among them real estate magnate Donald Trump, who gave Concacaf a ten-year-lease on an entire floor at Trump Towers in Manhattan.

The first year was free and as an added bonus Trump gave the football organisation the right to sublet.

That Fifa had named the US as the host country for the 1994 World Cup turned out to be just the extra luck Warner needed.

Indeed from as early as the 1986 World Cup, the Rio Claro-born native knew that football would burgeon into a worldwide billion-dollar industry.

"Fifa was able to raise over US $200 million from the two World Cups, (1986 and 1990).  I was then able to see that football and business are not enemies, that there is a kind of nexus between the two."

With that in mind, Warner capitalized on the 1994 World Cup fever in the US and struck up major sponsorship deals for Concacaf.

Today these include a multi-million dollar contract with US football marketers, Inter/Forever Sports which sponsors Concacaf tournaments - among them Copa Caribe - and the national football team.

The two partners have also hooked up to market the broadcast rights to the qualifying games for Concacaf countries leading up to World Cup 2002.

It is a deal like this, which helped to turn around the regional confederation's fortunes during the past ten years.

Today, Concacaf has over US $24 million in cash reserves, offices in Guatemala City, New York and Port of Spain and a staff of more than 40.

Indeed, Warner believes that eh local business fraternity continues to miss the boat when it comes to understanding the money-spinning potential of football.  And more importantly, they miss out on the chance to give back to the national community.

In the former respect, most companies are far behind international corporations, particularly those in the United States (US), which traditionally has not been known as a football, in their case soccer, country.

And even today, race and class remain an obstacle to the sport's development locally, affirms Warner.

"Football is still seen as a sport for the black, the destitute, the lower class.  It does not endear itself to the people who have money.  But the guys who have money fail to understand that they will be insecure as can be, if they fail to give a little help to the black kid on the block."

Past governments also did not escape Warner's criticism for their lack of vision when it comes to the development of football and sport in general.

The day former PNM sports minister Marilyn Gordon gave him $10,000 at the then National Stadium on the last leg of a 16-team tournament, stands out in Warner's mind as one of the low points in the history of local sport administration.

In light of his vision for the sport, though, Warner is perhaps his own best example of how football can translate into big business for players, corporate sponsors and a country
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2007, 11:44:37 AM »
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Jack Warner silent as Trinidad Soca Warrior spirit fades
Players concerned about accuracy of T&TFF accounting
Published  10/9/2006
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Port-of-Spain---9 Oct. 2006---FIFA vice-president and Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) special adviser, Jack Warner, maintained his silence yesterday, as the Soca Warriors continued to slide towards disbandment. 

On Friday evening, the Warriors, led by team captain Dwight Yorke, declared their intention to resign from international duty due to an alleged breach of contract by the T&TFF.

A hasty release from T&TFF general secretary Richard Groden, which erroneously accused the players of planning a boycott of Saturday's friendly against St Vincent and the Grenadines, suggested that the problem lay with the distribution of sponsorship money.

Groden submitted an unaudited statement of income and expenditure to the national media, which claimed that the T&TFF received $18,255,952 for its part in the Germany 2006 World Cup.

The players are believed to be concerned about the accuracy of the T&TFF's accounting.

For starters, there was no mention of money accrued from television rights. The deal, which was agreed to between the players and Warner two days before the first leg World Cup play-off against Bahrain, controversially failed to share television money for the Bahrain legs, as well as a host of friendly matches against the likes of Iceland, Wales and the Czech Republic. These matches were televised throughout Europe by high-profile stations like Sky Sports and Euro Sports.

There is worry that several sponsors were omitted or figures doctored as well.

The T&TFF's accountant for this project, by its own admission, is Kenny Rampersad, who was revealed to be Warner's business partner during investigations on Simpaul Travel Services last December. Rampersad, at the time, was mandated to act on Simpaul's behalf.

Worse, as far as the players were concerned, the T&TFF then deducted expenses before handing over the Warriors' share. And a $9 million share was reduced to $141,102 to be split 25 ways-24 players and one share for the players' committee.

Last Thursday, Yorke and his teammates were told that their reward for taking Trinidad and Tobago to its inaugural World Cup-a feat that secured them a place in FIFA's history book as well as $1 million and a Chaconia (Gold) medal each from the Government-was worth TT$5,644.08 per player to the T&TFF.

In short, Groden contended that sponsors hustling to get on board after the team's qualification for the Germany World Cup insisted that the T&TFF put aside one third of their money for the 2010 campaign, which must not benefit the present players.

Even if the T&TFF was honest in its assessment that money be split only after deducting expenditure, the local body calculated expenses from February 2005 while the deal with the players was done nine months later.

The income and expenses section had questionable figures too.

In near two years-a period that included six World Cup qualifiers and the farewell fixture for retired legend Russell Latapy-the T&TFF claimed to receive just $5,217 from its bar. The bar was clearly a monumental failure considering that, in the expenses column, $238,715 was subtracted for refreshments.

A paltry $20,000 was budgeted for the sale of banners over the same period, with $300,000 for broadcast rights as well as $9.3 and $8.6 million for ticket sales and sponsorship, respectively.

Yorke might have been surprised to note that the players were paying their own salaries too. The players' match fees, allowances, accommodation and transportation were all deducted from their World Cup bonus package, as were the T&TFF's "FIFA/CONCACAF dues", gate equipment and scouting fees.

Yorke does not hold an accounting degree, but he clearly felt that something was awry.

"We cannot see how we can build on anything if the contracts that we enter into are not worth the paper they are written on. It is for these reasons we now feel the need to say goodbye to the international stage," said Yorke, who read from a prepared statement on Friday.

It is Warner who agreed a contract with the Warriors, but, to date, only Groden has defended the T&TFF's interpretation of it.

Yorke was scheduled to leave Trinidad yesterday evening to return to his employers, Sunderland FC in England. The Warriors' 5-0 win over St Vincent might be the last time that local fans see him sport national colours.

T&TFF press officer Shaun Fuentes could not confirm Warner's whereabouts yesterday.




 
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2007, 12:34:46 PM »
Thanks Dreamer for posting these articles.
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« Reply #14 on: February 01, 2007, 04:30:58 PM »
We going through a confidence building phase right now. Most of us are afraid of Jackula and feel paralyzed by his intimidating power and his apparent historical untouchability. When you are made to think that you are a rare irrelevant voice concerned about him and the TTFF, then you feel timid at first and indulge in alot of denial.

But when there seems to be developing a new sense of a pack,.... then a crowd,......then a potent article from somebody like a Lasana,....... then validation by previously silent commentators,......then thousands jumping to the infectious crowd-psychology whipping-up by Blue, Bunji, Maximus as they wave to a new "Jackula" kaiso,....... then, as predicted, a suddenly suprised sounding editorial contribution by the mysteriously quiet dailes will appear,.....then a typical domino set of events will take place in the country as people compete for the financial benefit of being on that bandwaggon to address the Jackula Syndrome. Money and influential lobby power follows a cause after the cause takes time to germinate and sink in and spread. Right now this cause is still an embryo so if yuh looking for results today, sorry to disappoint you.

When Latas,Yorke, Sancho, Tallest, Jack, Glen and de rest see the gathering storm and realize that there is no turning back, then yuh go hear from them. Then, next will be the coaches, when people like them begin to feel that enough numbers, then present, makes them persecution-proof. Jackula will try to pass some good dullahs to some coaches and popular spokesmen to derail things but doh worry. He will then threaten, like a classic manipulator, to "wash his hands" of T&T football and go "farin" where he is properly appreciated, loved and given garlands, hoping that we say: "Please Uncle Jackula, we sorry, we now realize how much we took you for granted.....doh go nah Uncle ....without you we jess doh know what to do 

Steuuppsss.  Look, there are great people like Lincoln and many true patriots in local and foreign exile just waiting for the dictator to fall so that they can try to contribute in leadership. It is true that Jackula, Grodent and Scamps are plotting counter strategy all now. They are doing their research and are going to tighten the noose around Denzil's, Gray's and Whitley's neck, and through Joe Public, try to use Glasgow and others. They must be contacted and told that emotional and financial backing is on the way and that their sacrifice will be shared and a better day is coming. The players' union is a serious matter. Also needed maybe is a fans' footballer fund.

In the meantime, we go to our games and support Glasgow, Baptiste, Daniel and de rest with true sincerity, but I agree, simultaneously sending a message to Jackula, Grodent and Scamps whether it be by wearing a cap, showing a banner, wearing a t-shirt, singing a song or doing a "Maximus wave". I eh worried.
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« Reply #15 on: February 01, 2007, 08:01:10 PM »
We going through a confidence building phase right now. Most of us are afraid of Jackula and feel paralyzed by his intimidating power and his apparent historical untouchability. When you are made to think that you are a rare irrelevant voice concerned about him and the TTFF, then you feel timid at first and endulge in alot of denial.

But when there seems to be developing a new sense of a pack,.... then a crowd,......then a potent article from somebody like a Lasana,....... then validation by previously silent commentators,......then thousands jumping to the infectious crowd-psychology whipping-up by Blue, Bunji, Maximus as they wave to a new "Jackula" kaiso,....... then, as predicted, a suddenly suprised sounding editorial contribution by the mysteriously quiet dailes will appear,.....then a typical domino set of events will take place in the country as people compete for the financial benefit of being on that bandwaggon to address the Jackula Syndrome. Money and influential lobby power follows a cause after the cause takes time to germinate and sink in and spread. Right now this cause is still an embryo so if yuh looking for results today, sorry to disappoint you.

When Latas,Yorke, Sancho, Tallest, Jack, Glen and de rest see the gathering storm and realize that there is no turning back, then yuh go hear from them. Then, next will be the coaches, when people like them begin to feel that enough numbers, then present, makes them persecution-proof. Jackula will try to pass some good dullahs to some coaches and popular spokesmen to derail things but doh worry. He will then threaten, like a classic manipulator, to "wash his hands" of T&T football and go "farin" where he is properly appreciated, loved and given garlands, hoping that we say: "Please Uncle Jackula, we sorry, we now realize how much we took you for granted.....doh go nah Uncle ....without you we jess doh know what to do 

Steuuppsss.  Look, there are great people like Lincoln and many true patriots in local and foreign exile just waiting for the dictator to fall so that they can try to contribute in leadership. It is true that Jackula, Grodent and Scamps are plotting counter strategy all now. They are doing their research and are going to tighten the noose around Denzil's, Gray's and Whitley's neck, and through Joe Public, try to use Glasgow and others. They must be contacted and told that emotional and financial backing is on the way and that their sacrifice will be shared and a better day is coming. The players' union is a serious matter. Also needed maybe is a fans' footballer fund.

In the meantime, we go to our games and support Glasgow, Baptiste, Daniel and de rest with true sincerity, but I agree, simultaneously sending a message to Jackula, Grodent and Scamps whether it be by wearing a cap, showing a banner, wearing a t-shirt, singing a song or doing a "Maximus wave". I eh worried.
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« Reply #16 on: February 01, 2007, 08:02:30 PM »
We going through a confidence building phase right now. Most of us are afraid of Jackula and feel paralyzed by his intimidating power and his apparent historical untouchability. When you are made to think that you are a rare irrelevant voice concerned about him and the TTFF, then you feel timid at first and endulge in alot of denial.

But when there seems to be developing a new sense of a pack,.... then a crowd,......then a potent article from somebody like a Lasana,....... then validation by previously silent commentators,......then thousands jumping to the infectious crowd-psychology whipping-up by Blue, Bunji, Maximus as they wave to a new "Jackula" kaiso,....... then, as predicted, a suddenly suprised sounding editorial contribution by the mysteriously quiet dailes will appear,.....then a typical domino set of events will take place in the country as people compete for the financial benefit of being on that bandwaggon to address the Jackula Syndrome. Money and influential lobby power follows a cause after the cause takes time to germinate and sink in and spread. Right now this cause is still an embryo so if yuh looking for results today, sorry to disappoint you.

When Latas,Yorke, Sancho, Tallest, Jack, Glen and de rest see the gathering storm and realize that there is no turning back, then yuh go hear from them. Then, next will be the coaches, when people like them begin to feel that enough numbers, then present, makes them persecution-proof. Jackula will try to pass some good dullahs to some coaches and popular spokesmen to derail things but doh worry. He will then threaten, like a classic manipulator, to "wash his hands" of T&T football and go "farin" where he is properly appreciated, loved and given garlands, hoping that we say: "Please Uncle Jackula, we sorry, we now realize how much we took you for granted.....doh go nah Uncle ....without you we jess doh know what to do 

Steuuppsss.  Look, there are great people like Lincoln and many true patriots in local and foreign exile just waiting for the dictator to fall so that they can try to contribute in leadership. It is true that Jackula, Grodent and Scamps are plotting counter strategy all now. They are doing their research and are going to tighten the noose around Denzil's, Gray's and Whitley's neck, and through Joe Public, try to use Glasgow and others. They must be contacted and told that emotional and financial backing is on the way and that their sacrifice will be shared and a better day is coming. The players' union is a serious matter. Also needed maybe is a fans' footballer fund.

In the meantime, we go to our games and support Glasgow, Baptiste, Daniel and de rest with true sincerity, but I agree, simultaneously sending a message to Jackula, Grodent and Scamps whether it be by wearing a cap, showing a banner, wearing a t-shirt, singing a song or doing a "Maximus wave". I eh worried.
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this have to go down as one of the best posts I read on this board ever.

second that.  :beermug:


really good stuff dreamer.
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« Reply #17 on: February 02, 2007, 03:13:40 PM »
From the archives of socawarriors.net (posted Fed 22, 2006). Courtesy Toppa.

FIFA in New Jack Fray.
By: Anna Ramdass (Express).



Rowley calls on football body to investigate local Under-17 World Cup $348m spending.
Housing Minister Dr Keith Rowley is calling on FIFA to investigate the role of Jack Warner, one of its vice-presidents, in the more than doubling of the cost of four stadia that were built when Trinidad and Tobago hosted the Under-17 World Cup four years ago.
Warner, at Sunday's UNC rally, questioned why Rowley had been pointing fingers at him and, in response, the Housing Minister held a press conference at the Housing Development Corporation (HDC) to link the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation's Special Advisor to what he charged were inflated stadia costs.
Rowley reminded the media that in October 1995 the then PNM Cabinet had agreed to support the hosting of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup by building four stadia at the cost of $165 million.
However, elections were held later that year and the UNC came into power.
According to Rowley, in 1999 the UNC Cabinet revised the $165 million to $348 million with the cost increases being attributed to what Rowley described as interior fittings, bleachers, fixed spectator seatings, playing fields, flood lighting and score boards all of which, according to him, had been anticipated in the initial costing.
He said according to Cabinet notes, FIFA was to be the project manager for this project and funding was to be provided by Fincor.He added that under the development programme for the fiscal year 1999, $102 million was allocated in the budget for the project.
"Somewhere in the mix out of the blue that procedure was abandoned...the next thing you know the project was being done by another group of financiers, Fincor was nowhere in the programme," said Rowley.
He said at a Parliament sitting the matter was raised and then Sports Minister Manohar Ramsaran was questioned about the award of the contract and the financiers.
Ramsaran had responded that the Government would not be funding the construction of the stadia and that a consortium of Concacaf, Royal Merchant Bank, Guardian Life, and Barbados Mutual Life Assurance Society known as RGM Ltd was doing so.
Rowley made reference to a web which saw FIFA initially being featured prominently in Cabinet notes as the project manager only for a change that saw the contract being then put in the hands of Concacaf.
"It was illegal and improper for the Government to award any contract without tender to FIFA or Concacaf," the Minister charged.
He argued that the contracts had been awarded in a very strange manner to the point where the Trinidad and Tobago Contractors Association sent a letter to then Prime Minister Basdeo Panday expressing their concerns.
The question Rowley put to FIFA was what specific services the organisation and if, in fact, it had ever been involved as a contractor.
He said FIFA also had to tell the country whether it had been made aware of Concacaf's advancing itself in the project as well as how much that organisation was paid and for what services provided.
He also raised concern on Concacaf and asked whether or not it is the Concacaf or some local umbrella company.
These questions were being raised, Rowley said, because FIFA has shown an interest in ethics and was very much featured in the Government's business.
He added that if FIFA was terminated from the deal and the contract ended up with Concacaf, FIFA must also answer how that deal had been terminated.
"The reason why I raise all of this, is that huge sums of money was involved," said Rowley.
"He (Warner) is telling the country without batting an eyelid that he put $17 million to fund the national team...why is he so generous? Where this money come from?" he asked.
Rowley disclosed that the Government was still paying for a loan of $4 million a month on this project even as there remained still unanswered questions.
"I am taking the opportunity to call on FIFA to broaden their investigation in Trinidad and Tobago to answer all these questions where the agency has been featured prominently in Government business and for the benefit of the public to tell us the facts on this matter," he challenged.
Far from being content to leave the matter to FIFA, however, Rowley insisted that the PNM would ensure the questions be answered before the UNC "comes near the corridors of power". However, he was bringing via the media and was willing to supply the international organisation with the pertinent documentation.
Warner, for his part, told the Daily Express that he did not have to answer to Rowley and asked his own question: "Why did he wait four years to make this announcement?"
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« Reply #18 on: February 03, 2007, 12:24:03 PM »
A tale of two executives.   :arguing: :loser: :nailbiting: :waiting: :shameonyou: :loser:


FIFA Embarrassed as Executive Official Caught Selling England v T&T Tickets Illegally
Sat, 17/06/2006 - 22:19.
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In another embarrassing incident, FIFA, the World Football governing body, admitted that one of its executives illegally sold tickets for the England v Trinidad & Tobago match, three times their original value.
Ismail Bhamjee, president of the Botswana Football Federation, admitted to selling 12 tickets for the England v Trinidad & Tobago match at three times the original price.

FIFA was quick to issue a statement condemning the incident and asking Bhamjee to leave Germany and resign from any FIFA positions he holds, including a statement from Bhamjee himself.

"I deeply regret this incorrect act and apologise to FIFA for violating the relevant terms and conditions governing the sale of tickets for the 2006 FIFA World Cup," read the statement written by Bhamjee himself .

However, what FIFA did not mention is that the tickets originated from the Trinidad & Tobago Football Federation, with which Jack Warner has strong links with.

Jack Warner was involved in a scandal with his Travel Company, SimPaul, which was selling World Cup tickets and is based in Trinidad & Tobago, including tickets to the England v Trinidad and Tobago, in contrast with FIFA regulations.

However, it is also alledged by BBC's 'Panorama' programme that Jack Warner was bribed, so that the 35 Football Associations he controls vote for Sepp Blatter's re-election as FIFA president. Proof that Jack Warner receives special treatment from the FIFA President himself is that he was not asked to step down, but continues to hold his CONCACAF Presidency.

It is worth to note that on the SimPaul case, FIFA only admitted any wrong-doing after a local press report condemned the exclusive allocation of Trinidad & Tobago's World Cup tickets to SimPaul, which was owned by Jack Warner and his wife.

FIFA Executives get paid $500 per day for their expenses while on FIFA duty and also get $100,000 per year, which by itself proves that the tickets involved were not just 12, as Ismail Bhamjee wouldn't risk his fat salary just to make a couple of thousand dollars, although there is no proof of this at the time of this writing.

"In such a situation, FIFA acts immediately and firmly," Sepp Blatter said about the incident, without giving any further details as usual.

FIFA's Jack Warner is accused of turning from a simple history teacher to a "property investor" via widespread corruption. Click on one of the article links below to read more about his involvement with FIFA.
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« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2007, 08:07:40 PM »
In light of CR 4---T&T 0:
Impact on Jackula, Warriors and fans
Feb 4, 2007


Every major football event involving local based and foreign based T&T ballers, impacts on strategy that Jackula intends to use, and on strategy that exploited Warriors and fans can use. I think it's important to see the bigger picture, see if you've lost ground or made major headway in cornering Jackula, Grodent and Scamps. Sometimes a tactical gain for the Warriors as a whole is hidden in apparent chaos. Today is a case in point.

T&T just lost 4-0 to Costa Rica. No matter how nice we might have looked (and we await a delayed broadcast web feed by generous men like Grande and e-man) a score like that sounds like a serious demoralizing whipping which would normally put the SW.net posse into immediate depression and start a whole new round of sectarian violence on the posts . Ah could see blows from a chaotic mix of militias coming from Touches, palos, Sam, truetrini, TI, dcs, warmonga, triniman, small Mag, vb, Jefferz, trinbago, Midknight, Grande, takenoprisoner and several others as tempers flare, innocent members get caught in the crossfire and deep humiliation aggravated by unrelenting flashbacks from the Bertille era trigger suicide-bomber collateral damage to quiet bystanders on the board . Men will be calling for Wim's head within minutes as they graduate from shock to anger phase and look for a scapegoat.

Well, while all this chaos and "ethnic cleansing" is unfolding, don't forget what this means for Jackula and co. I contend that there are 2 blessings in disguise in all this. Firstly, the baby Warriors would have learnt what  the real world is like out there, if and when they are called upon to serve as part of the senior team on the critical qualifier day. But more importantly, Jackula has had a setback in terms of his dirty war with the Warriors. His plan to literally  throw them into the rubbish dump of history has been simply cut down now. Jackula will now realize that unavoidably, a new team must be a transition team with several previous stars and leaders and they will clearly now be seen as indispensable. No spin nor propaganda could change that.

Jackula is a unique creature. Embarassment and shame doesn't necessarily affect him the way it does others. He ia a masochist for public insult. He is driven only by money. Yes money. Even if he has several million he needs more (like a cancer) and is thus hell bent on gulping the spoils from another World Cup appearance  (and Gold Cup success) even if Scamps, Grodent, Blatter and his family are all he has left as fans. To this end he will realize that he has to reverse course and invite Yorke, Sancho, Tallest, Carlos, Stern, Jones, Birchall, Jack, Gray, John, Theobald and others and any players previously or currently  involved in lawsuits against him.

This scenario would be good thing for our football as we get a reality check and the forces continue to reposition and align themselves before Gold Cup and World Cup. The balance of power swings now to the Warriors suing him. It is therefore important that John, Yorke, Carlos, Jones and the rest  keep their market value high and options for their career growth open, so as to make Jackula need them and not for them to need Jackula. They must not let Jackula make them let go of their principled stand
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« Reply #20 on: February 05, 2007, 03:30:30 PM »
Warner's Address - A response to the allegations.
Shaun Fuentes

Truetrini almost blow a brain fuse in this thread. Serious fight almost break out oui..... Thank God for gun control.  Ah must ask truetrini if he is a member of FAWK......sorry.....(Federation Against Warner's Kingdom) that I think Jefferz belongs to. Jackula, yuh not easy.

http://www.socawarriors.net/forum/index.php?topic=9984.0
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« Reply #21 on: February 15, 2007, 10:25:10 AM »
A blast from the past. Woe to those who want to forget  :liar: :thinking: :shameonyou: :waiting:

Phagwa Jack 'wines' on critics
(express -South Bureau)
Monday, March 20th 2006


 
Back home after being let off by the Executive Committee of FIFA on charges of ethics violations, Jack Warner wined on stage with Phagwa celebrants and then "wined" on his critics, although he said they wanted to kill him politically.

Warner said that before jetting home from Switzerland on Saturday night, he was the one who applied for, and was granted more tickets for sale to Trinidadians wanting to see the Soca Warriors in action in Germany.

Warner was in a celebratory mood last evening at a Phagwa function held at Palmiste Pastures, San Fernando.

Last Friday, FIFA President Joseph Sepp Blatter announced that Warner, a FIFA Vice President, had been cleared of all charges arising out of his family's ownership of Simpaul's Travel Agency. The agency is the sole ticketing agent for the World Cup. FIFA investigated the charges based on an exclusive Express investigation, and after Warner requested an investigation.

Warner, the UNC's Deputy Political Leader, said: "As we all know, the allegations was a political matter. They thought they would discredit me, kill my spirit, my good name and my standing in my country. They figured if they killed me, it would affect the UNC but it didn't work. But don't believe this would be the last time they will try this."

He added: "They will cross me again and I am ready for them. I am happy to be among my people. I feel at home."

Warner said of his family's travel agency: "I have severed ties with the travel service.

I asked FIFA to tell me where is the conflict of interest. They didn't tell me. I went to them, so what is the big hullabaloo?"

Warner, who was doused with abeer and plastered with coloured powder during his stage antics, also promised to tell all about the "level of treachery" involved in in the FIFA ticketing scandal.

About the World Cup tickets, Warner said: "We are getting more tickets.

All those people who wanted four (tickets) and under will get. I made an application and FIFA have accepted it. We will have more tickets than we need." -Richard Charan
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« Reply #22 on: February 15, 2007, 11:04:54 AM »
Dreamer, are you writing a PHD Thesis on the "Leadership of CONTCACAF" ;)
darn, my keyboard is messin up today
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« Reply #23 on: February 16, 2007, 06:29:06 PM »
Yeah Coast, ah just ensurin' that we chip away, bit by bit, at Jackula, Scamps and Grodent and let the youngsters who doh know dey sad history, have a chance to learn a li'l something and hopefully not repeat it.
An article a day keeps dem saddis' at bay and may just trigger something when we get the testicular fortitude. All closet Jackula bottom-lickers show allyuh corrupted hand now! I doing what I have to do.
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« Reply #24 on: February 16, 2007, 07:14:23 PM »
From the Socawarriors.net archive of Jan 26, 2007, posted by Flex
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T&T footballers give war declaration to T&TFF.
By: Lasana Liburd (Express).

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The “Soca Warriors” yesterday declared that it was “on the verge of legal action” against the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF) over a bonus dispute in what could be a landmark case in the country’s sport history and is sure to catch the attention of global football body, FIFA.

London sport lawyers, Athletes 1 Legal, issued a press release on behalf of 17 members of the national football team who represented Trinidad and Tobago at their historic debut showing at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.
The aggrieved players are Marvin Andrews, Kenwyne Jones, Chris Birchall, Collin Samuel, Atiba Charles, Brent Sancho, Cyd Gray, Ian Cox, Aurtis Whitley, Cornell Glen, Kelvin Jack, Shaka Hislop, Evans Wise, Avery John, Stern John, Anthony Wolfe and present squad captain Densill Theobald.

“The players are ready and willing to meet with the T&TFF to discuss matters but that option no longer appears available,” stated a release from Athletes 1 Legal. “The players have asked a series of detailed questions regarding revenues from the World Cup and associated expenses but none of these have been replied to. Therefore there appears little option but to sue the Federation in the Trinidad Courts for an order that the Federation produce a full account of the World Cup revenue, and thereafter pay to the players the percentage that was previously agreed.”

T&TFF press officer Shaun Fuentes told the Trinidad Express that his employers did not wish to respond “at this time” and the matter would be forwarded to their lawyers. Neither party has directly addressed the press on the matter apart from e-mailed releases or one press conference, staged by the players last September, which did not permit questions.

Notably absent from the Athletes 1 Legal list are World Cup captain Dwight Yorke and retired playmaker Russell Latapy as well as the quartet of Carlos Edwards, Dennis Lawrence, Jason Scotland and Clayton Ince.
The disagreement centers on the disbursement of sponsorship and commercial revenues, which arose from the country’s qualification for the World Cup, to the national players.

The players made a pact with FIFA vice-president Jack Warner in November 2005 for 30 percent of sponsorship and commercial revenue. They claimed that this figure rose to 50 percent during the World Cup.
Warner, at the time, negotiated in his capacity as T&TFF special advisor. He was later named as chairman of Local Organising Committee (LOC) Germany 2006, which dealt with all aspects of the team’s World Cup preparation including all commercial deals.

A similar deal was brokered between the Football Federation of Australia (FFA) and its players for the 2006 tournament. The “Socceroos” received $14.5 million ($3 million Australian dollars) to share among themselves from the $44.4 million ($9.2 million Australian dollars) paid to the FFA by FIFA for its team’s qualification. In addition, Australia’s World Cup players also received a third of the FFA’s spin-off income, which included shirt sales and merchandise.

The T&TFF, however, claimed to have earned just $18 million—inclusive of merchandising and sponsorship deals—last September. The local body further deducted expenses before presenting a share of $141,102 for the team or $5,644.08 per player.

The Warriors initially threatened strike action but decided to continue to represent their country while they retained Athletes 1 Legal to fight on their behalf.

Thus far, the T&TFF and Athletes 1 Legal have been unable to find a compromise.
Athletes One Legal’s chief solicitor, Mike Townley, insisted that the T&TFF’s financial statement was “substantially inaccurate and unreliable” and called on the Federation to “properly account to the players for the sponsorship and other commercial revenues generated from qualification”.

“The income figures do not match the amounts which the Federation previously claimed to have earned from sponsors and whole categories of income, such as licensing and merchandising, are excluded,” stated the release. “The Players’ view is that the accounts they have seen massively understate the income and overstate the expenses.”

Townley noted discrepancies in the T&TFF’s books and pointed to the Adidas deal, which was fingered in a Trinidad Express report last September.
“The Federation in their own press statements prior to the World Cup Finals stated that Adidas had agreed to sponsor the Warriors for the sum of US$11.5 million,” Townley stated. “Yet in the accounts that have now been produced income from Adidas is shown at just under US$300,000.

“The players first asked for this discrepancy to be explained in a letter of 24th October, and yet to date no explanation for this or any of the other identified discrepancies has been received.”
Townley also slammed the T&TFF’s alleged failure to release $225,000 (US$36,000) to the players for distribution to an unnamed charity. He claimed the two parties agreed to withhold this money for charity from the sum owed to the players as their share of the FIFA grant earned by qualification.

“The money was always intended to go to charity,” stated Townley. “Given the current relations between the players and the Federation it was felt best if that money was transferred to the Squad account while a decision was taken on who should receive it.

“A letter requesting that this sum be paid to the Warrior’s account was sent to the Federation lawyers on the 6th December but no payment has yet been made by the Federation. The players are very concerned that even this sum of US$36,000 is being retained when quite obviously no dispute exists in relation to it and it is unarguably due to the players.”

Athletes 1 Legal also accused the T&TFF of “discrimination” and acting “against the interests of T&T football” by ignoring players from national selection due to their involvement in the bonus dispute.

Last September, T&TFF general secretary Richard Groden referred to the Warriors as “delinquent” and “less than honourable” while, in November, he singled out the England-based pair of Brent Sancho and Kelvin Jack, who both represent England League One club Gillingham, as the leaders of the revolt. Neither player was invited to represent his country since the World Cup.

Groden also threatened to ignore the Warriors and, instead, use players from the local Pro League and national youth teams to “form the nucleus of our team for 2010”.

Theobald, the present captain, was the only World Cup player used at the 2007 Digicel Caribbean Cup tournament and it is now uncertain whether he will be allowed to keep his place for upcoming friendly matches against Panama and Costa Rica. Trinidad and Tobago competed without most of its regular players at the regional competition and ended in second spot after a 2-1 loss to Haiti in the final.
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« Reply #25 on: February 17, 2007, 11:06:03 AM »
Warriors on fire today!! Sat 17th Feb, 2007 will go dong in history as a landmark day, with more implications than you would think. Stern buss 2, Jones leggo 2, Scotty ress dong 2. :challenge: :challenge: :challenge: Wheyysss!!  Jackula cyah tell Stern and dem boys nutten!!!!!!  Bring dem back for de Gold Cup!!!!!  Every man jack! ..........yuh hear me Jackula?! >:( . Talk done. :beermug:

Daiz power strategy right dey without any stupid talk. Doh beg Jackula, Let Jackula beg you. You control de agenda or else yuh goose cook ........ for good.

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« Reply #26 on: February 18, 2007, 08:53:34 PM »
International resignations on hold.
By: Lasana Liburd (Express).
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Posted by Firebrand, Oct 13, 2006

WARRIORS IN LIMBO.


The "Soca Warriors", who made a maiden World Cup appearance at the 2006 tournament in Germany, cruised to a 5-0 win over St Vincent last Saturday and edged Panama 2-1 in a scrappy affair on Wednesday.

But they are not having it their own way with the Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (T&TFF).
The players have not drawn up resignation letters just yet, despite their threat to do so last Friday over the distribution of World Cup sponsorship money. But the future commitment of the Warriors remains in limbo as talks continue between the players and the Federation.

They must dispatch resignation letters at least a week before Trinidad and Tobago's next international assignment away to Austria on November 15 or, if they fail to turn out, the players could face sanctions from FIFA.

"We said that we would only change our minds, if there was a change from the T&TFF," said one player, who preferred to remain anonymous. "Nothing has changed yet, so we are still holding our position."
But the player admitted that the 2006 World Cup players had not penned resignation letters, nor had they agreed on a time to do so.

"We still have to meet as a group to decide on that," he said.

The paradoxical position of their verbal but non-binding retirement is symptomatic of the complexities and vagaries of the present impasse between players and administrators.

FIFA vice-president and T&TFF special adviser Jack Warner, according to the players, offered 50 per cent of revenue generated by the Federation in its 2006 World Cup campaign.

The T&TFF agreed to the split but insisted that expenses be deducted before paying the players and, as a result, a declared $18,255,952 bounty was whittled down to just $141,102 for the squad-$5,644.08 per player. The players declined the offer and announced their intention to resign.

But the "Warner World Cup agreement" is still a mystery to the general public and perhaps the players as well.

As both parties haggle over details, it is even less certain what promises were put to paper and which ones remained verbal.

The players admitted to initiating discussions with Sport Minister Roger Boynes as well but said those discussions were also "ongoing" and they were advised not to go public regarding details.

The Government's failure to publicly shed light on financial details with the T&TFF-particularly as the State has a controlling interest in the sporting body's main local sponsor, TSTT-is confusing.

Three months ago, the Government awarded Chaconia Gold Medals to the Warriors, but Prime Minister Patrick Manning and Boynes have not appeared as willing to stand alongside the players in recent times.
The players, too, seem starved for professional help.

The Football Players Association of Trinidad and Tobago (FPATT) was formed in 2003 and lists the England-based pair of defender Brent Sancho and goalkeeper Kelvin Jack as president and vice-president, respectively, with local midfielder Travis Mulraine as general secretary.

But FPATT has not held a meeting since and remains non-functional, while the players have not shown a clear link with any trade union.

As a result, players like Coventry City striker Stern John and Swansea defender Dennis Lawrence-both with minimal to no experience of such disputes-are left trying to negotiate with T&TFF president Oliver Camps and Warner, the FIFA finance committee deputy chairman.


The T&TFF look set to offer a new deal. Whether it will do justice to the initial agreement brokered between Warner and the Warriors is another thing altogether.


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Players' Association
From the recent Socawarriors.net archives
Oct 15, 2006
Posted by dcs



How much would they get if it was half the revenue?

I posted this in the comments right under the article:


Players' Association    Posted: 2006-10-13 08:31:00 AM

Please use the organisation that you formed in 2003. I am sure many citizens of T&T will offer their professional services to FPATT free of charge. Accountants, lawyers, name it...people will offer their services for free. The exposure alone will make it more than worth it.

I also agree that current players would find it difficult to run the assoc.  I was thinking people like Leonson Lewis, Angus Eve and others would be the most suitable.  Leonson was very vocal about past players being treated badly.  There are many past players who got college degrees and became professionals.  Look Dexter Skeene went Colombia and have a set of degrees.  I think Marlon Morris is another one.  Shaka's father was involved in getting FPATT off the ground from what I remember.  The players might be afraid of victimization but FPATT is actually there to protect them from that.
Maybe WN could talk to them to find out exactly what were the main problems they faced so we can see how best to help them (if they want help).


So who is volunteering to work on this?
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« Reply #27 on: February 18, 2007, 09:52:22 PM »
Socawarriors.net members on de rampage  :whip:   early last year.  Nuff respec' to de collective awareness early o'clock then.

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« Reply #28 on: February 19, 2007, 09:36:17 PM »
JACKULA IN REAL TROUBLE   :whip: :whip: :whip: :whip:

CRO CRO decides to hold off singing "Just because of Greed" at Jean Pierre Complex Dimanche Gras Finals and wins with his next song. Stay tuned for the Jackula song by the vicious-mout', now-reigning, Calypso Monarch for 2007.

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« Reply #29 on: February 19, 2007, 09:46:12 PM »
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