Soccer Fraud Report Prompts Trinidad Security Minister to Resign

Trinidad & Tobago replaced security minister Jack Warner after he was accused of corruption as president of CONCACAF, the soccer federation overseeing the Caribbean and North and Central America.

Emmanuel George, who headed public works for the Caribbean nation, was appointed the new security minister, the government said in a statement on its website today.

The resignation follows an April 19 CONCACAF ethics committee report that accused Warner and Chuck Blazer, a former general secretary for the group, of enriching themselves through fraud. Warner, who served on soccer governing boards for three decades and was elected CONCACAF president in 1990, was said to have registered a $22.5 million soccer center in his own name.

In a phone interview, Warner said he would be meeting with lawmakers and other officials this week to discuss the allegations. He declined to answer further questions. Blazer has denied the allegations.

Warner, who also resigned his seat in Trinidad’s ruling People’s Partnership Party yesterday, stepped down from CONCACAF in June 2011 following accusations that he bribed members during presidential elections at FIFA, soccer’s global governing body. He remains a lawmaker.

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