FORMER CONCACAF boss Jack Warner has admitted that the United States shock defeat and subsequent elimination from the World Cup at the hands of Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday was personally satisfying on many levels.
Warner, who is currently fighting extradition to the United States where he faces several charges related to corruption, has often cast the global superpower in the role of villains as it relates to the handling of football affairs in the region.
“I have not been in better spirits,” Warner told a local radio station on Wednesday.
“This is the happiest day of my life. It (the win) couldn’t have given me greater joy,” he added.
On one hand, Warner pointed out that the victory was ‘revenge’ for the country who needed only a draw to qualify for the 1990 World Cup, but was eliminated after a 1-0 loss at home to the United States in 1989.
The former FIFA vice-president on the other hand also accused the USA of using its political clout to undermine FIFA and found it fitting that they should miss out on world football’s biggest showpiece.
“They have used their Government to help to dismember FIFA in a way that is unimaginable. And last night on the field of play Trinidad and Tobago reduced them to their knees,” Warner said.
“And for me personally, it has reduced the U.S. to a laughing stock. Last September 27 when the judge ruled against Jack Warner, there was a party in the US; they were quite happy,” Warner added.
”Knowing that this has happened I wanted to go out and party as they partied last September when a judge ruled against me. I wanted to party. This was my personal feeling.”
In 2015, 14 FIFA officials were indicted in relation to an investigation by the FBI and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division into wire fraud, racketeering, and money-laundering. Warner and another former CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb, who is currently under house arrest in the United States, were listed among them.
Warner was banned from football for life in September 2015 after an independent investigation committee launched an inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.