Former FIFA VP Warner appears in court

Jack Warner, the former head of the Americas regional soccer body appears in court to fight extradition to the U.S. on corruption charges.

PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD (JULY 9, 2015) (REUTERS) – Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner, who has been accused of soliciting bribes as part of a vast corruption case against senior soccer officials, appeared in court on Thursday (July 9) in Trinidad and Tobago to fight extradition to the United States.

Warner is among nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives charged by the U.S. Department of Justice on May 27th with running a criminal enterprise that involved more than $150 million in bribes. FIFA is the global body governing soccer.

Prosecutors say Warner solicited bribes worth $10 million from the South African government to host the 2010 World Cup and diverted bribes for personal use.

Warner, who faces 12 charges included racketeering and bribery, has said he was innocent and noted he had left soccer activities four years ago.

The embattled former president of CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean, is expected to next appear in court in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on July 27.