Warner wants to halt FIFA grants

Date Published: 
2003-01-23
Source: 
Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 
B3

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC:

JACK WARNER, president of the confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean football (CONCACAF), plans to ask FIFA to stop and review the US$250,000 given annually to each national association in the Caribbean to ensure the funds are being used properly.

However, one Caribbean country which Warner has no worries about is Jamaica. The country Warner wants to halt FIFA grants which created history by becoming the first and still the only English-speaking island from the Caribbean to qualify for the World Cup is like a model for the other territories, according to the FIFA vice-president.

Warner said that over the past four years, nearly all of the national associations in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) had nothing to show - except for overseas tours - for the quadrennial US$1 million outlay announced by FIFA president Joseph Blatter in 1998.

"I will ask FIFA to hold back the funding and we will have to teach the Caribbean associations how to invest and use the money wisely," said Warner, who is also a FIFA vice president.

"If all the other countries were like Jamaica then we would have no problems," Warner said.

"They have participated in every FIFA programme and have done so with credibility."

According to Warner, Jamaica has developed youth football, put a women's football programme in place, had programmes for coaches, trained administrators and spent money on rural football among other things which fall within the dictates of FIFA.

"Jamaica are clearly ahead in all the categories," Warner concluded.

That could not be said of other Caribbean associations.

"The regional associations spend little on development which is the cornerstone of football success. The time has come for us in FIFA to provide rigid guidelines for the disbursement of the FIFA grant," Warner said.