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Camps, Burrell stand in Warner’s corner

Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Oliver Camps

Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation President Oliver Camps is standing in the corner of Jack Warner during his ongoing suspension by FIFA from all football-related activities. Camps, who was in Zurich last week for the FIFA Congress, has worked closely with Warner for a long time dating back to the 1970s when he managed the T&T Senior Team straight up until 1992 during which time he became President of the TTFF up to this day. “The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation, which is affiliated to FIFA, CONCACAF and the CFU reiterates its support for its Adviser Mr Austin Jack Warner in the matter under consideration by the FIFA,” Camps stated.

Meantime, Jamaican Football Federation President Captain Horace Burrell is also supporting Warner and has defended the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) and the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), deflecting suggestions of guilt in the bribery scandal which has rocked the foundations of FIFA during a stormy presidential election campaign. “To restore the integrity of the region, the present leaders of the Caribbean Football Union must call on all the federations which received and kept the forty thousand US Dollars (US$40,000) bribe to return it,” stated Burrell who is the acting President of the Caribbean Football union in Warner’s absence. “FIFA’s Ethics Committee is currently considering the matter and we await the final outcome of its investigation and due process,” Burrell noted. “Let me state categorically that the JFF was not offered, neither received, any funds prior to, during or after the referenced CFU meeting held May 10-11 in Trinidad,” the acting CFU head stated.