Jack Warner narrowly evaded being indicted for corruption in 2011 but, recently, was not so lucky. Last week, he and a number of other FIFA officials, in several countries, were indicted on a number of charges related to bribery and kickbacks that are alleged to have been going on for up to three decades.
Warner himself stands accused of using position and influence (he’s a former vice-presiding for the organization) to try to get cash for voting for which countries get World Cup bids, trying to bribe other FIFA officials in order to influence elections within the organization, mismanaging disaster relieve funds targeted for Haiti following an earthquake there, as well as a number of other charges.
Not surprisingly, Jack Warner is proclaiming his innocence. In a video posted to his Facebook page, he launches into a diatribe about the forces against them and how invalid their claims are against him and the organization.
But, one thing about this video really stands out and likely induced a few facepalms — Warner used an article from The Onion to help back up his claims.
The Onion is a well-established publication for satirical “news” stories. In other words, the content they post in intentionally non-factual. The article in question, published on May 27, was titled “FIFA Frantically Announces 2015 Summer World Cup In United States” with the subtitle “Global Soccer Tournament To Kick Off In America Later This Afternoon”.
One would think that if anyone would know better than to believe this, it would be a former FIFA vice-president. But, in the video, Warner states the following:
“I look to see that FIFA has frantically announced 2015, 2015, this year, Olympic Final in the World Cup beginning May 27…If FIFA is so bad, why is it that the U.S. wants to keep the World Cup?”
As a side note, the U.S. has never hosted a FIFA World Cup and the absurdity of one coming to the a country with just a few hours’ notice just screams parody but, this was totally lost on Mr. Warner.
After a number of hearty laughs at his expense and apparent embarrassment on his part, the video was pulled but, as with much of the content on the internet, it lives on elsewhere.
There is a lot about the FIFA scandal, as well as not what’s being discussed regarding apparent human rights violations leading up to the World Cup in Qatar, that is no laughing matter. But, in this case, it appears that one indicted official has offered us a little comedy.