Jack Warner, the former vice president of FIFA (“The International Federation of Association Football” [in English]), who resigned on 20 June 2011, has refused to assist in an investigation into alleged corruption against him and Mohamed Bin Hammam, who is the president of the Asian Football Confederation.
The two men were accused of giving or offering bribes of £600,000 to Caribbean football associations. They both denied any wrongdoing but were suspended on 29 May 2011, pending further investigation by Fifa’s ethics committee.
Mr. Warner has reportedly stated that he would assist Fifa, but not former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who is investigating claims of bribery within Fifa on behalf of the ethics committee, due to his US links. It is claimed that his objections are based upon comments allegedly made by Chuck Blazer, an executive committee member of Fifa, and an American, that violations of Fifa's code of ethics occurred during a meeting organised by the Messrs. Warner and Bin Hammam in May.
In contrast, Fifa released a statement that suggested that Mr. Warner would appear as a witness to the investigation, but not as an accused party. The statement also confirmed that "as a consequence of Mr Warner's resignation, all ethics committee procedures against him have been closed and the presumption of innocence is maintained".
In his resignation statement, Mr. Warner claimed he had been "hung out to dry" and that "gifts have been around throughout the history of Fifa".