Granted, this is a blog about the Colorado Rapids, but every so often, we need to dip our toe into the Wide World of Football and interact with some glorious news: Jack Warner has (finally) received a lifetime ban from that sterling, pristine, pure as the driven snow organization known as FIFA. Sarcasm aside, this news comes as fantastic news, but at the same time as news of an event that should have occurred years ago.
His long list of corruption charges now means he fears extradition to the United States. The ban from FIFA came as a result of the investigations which began in January 2015 regarding the bidding process in the 2018 and 2022 appointments of the World Cups to Russia and Qatar.
Long before I really cared about anything soccer related (which was prior to 2010), I knew of Jack Warner due to my connections to Trinidad and Tobago. For many Trinidadians, he stood as an embarrassment to their country and to the sport which they love. Claiming to have single-handedly brought Trinidad to their first World Cup in 2006, though the population was only 1.3 million (the smallest country to qualify for the big stage), he refused to pay the men their fee until eight years later after a long legal battle. Brent Sancho, who was on that World Cup team (and infamously had his dreadlocks pulled by England's Peter Crouch in the 83rd minute that headed home the winner) and is now the Minister of Sport in Trinidad, said,
"The only real surprise is that it has taken so long [to indict Warner]. There was the Bin Hammam situation right here in Trinidad. He's not untouchable, but it is unprecedented. FIFA has been a law unto themselves for quite a while."
Time (nor desire on my part) would not permit all the problematic allegations of corruption on his part with CONCACAF. And one can only speculation as to the future of the investigation with FIFA at large.
Here's my question to our Burgundy Wave: Jack Warner is now banned for life from FIFA, who have their own investigations taking place at the highest levels. If these investigations clean up FIFA, would you feel better or still be suspicious about this organization?