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Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner gets life-time ban
[RIO DE JANEIRO] Jack Warner, for decades one of soccer's most influential power brokers, received a life-time ban from the sport after Fifa said the former vice-president committed multiple "acts of misconduct" during his years in office.
Mr Warner, who is fighting extradition to the US, is one of 14 men charged in a sprawling soccer corruption case that's led to the biggest crisis in Fifa's 111-year history. Fifa banned Mr Warner less than 24 hours after President Joseph "Sepp" Blatter defiantly refused to step down in the face of the widening scandal.
Mr Warner "was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes," the adjudicatory arm of Fifa's independent ethics committee said in an e-mailed statement.
Fifa said its decision into Mr Warner was based on investigations opened into the inquiry into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup bidding process, the controversial two-year race that led to Russia and Qatar being awarded hosting rights to sport's most-watched event.
Since the US charges were announced in May, Mr Warner has both denied any wrongdoing and threatened to produce an "avalanche" of evidence against Mr Blatter and other Fifa officials.