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FIFA end Warner TV deal

FIFA have terminated a multi-million pound 2014 World Cup TV deal after discovering the rights had been sub-licensed to a company owned by controversial former vice-president Jack Warner.

The agreement with the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) has been brought to an end after FIFA told the organisation they had not approved the sub-licensing deal with Warner's company JD International (JDI).

Warner, who was at that time also the CFU's president, sold the rights to Jamaica-based cable TV station SportsMax in 2007 for a fee reported to be between 18million and 20million US dollars, though that included the 2010 World Cup as well.

FIFA were also owed several payments dating back to 2009 for the rights, which covered 29 Caribbean countries.

Warner resigned from all football activities in June, a month after being charged with bribery by FIFA, who then dropped their investigation saying they no longer had jurisdiction over the Trinidadian.

FIFA have sent a letter to the CFU saying they have "only recently become aware" of the sub-licensing agreement, as well as detailing the missed payments, and terminating the contract.

Warner has claimed that FIFA's action is "designed to go after me" and that he was shocked that the CFU had been targeted.

FIFA said in a statement to the Press Association: "The CFU was a media rights licensee for FIFA events in selected territories in the Caribbean. However, CFU is no longer a media rights licensee of FIFA. FIFA has secured good coverage in the region directly, but has still not finalised any announcement."

Conservative MP Damian Collins, who is campaigning for FIFA reforms, said Warner's involvement pointed to a clear conflict of interest.

The initial contract with the CFU was agreed in 2005 giving the organisation the rights for the 2010 and 2014 World Cups for countries in the Caribbean.

 

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