Patrick John accepts Jack Warner’s resignation; open to contest the elections for presidency
President of the Dominica Football Association, Mr Patrick John has hinted his possible intentions to run for the presidency of the International Football Federation (FIFA), with the recent resignation of Austin Jack Warner.
Warner reportedly resigned from his post in international football immediately, according to a brief statement from FIFA.
Mr John says the Dominica Football Association has been an ally of Jack Warner for many years, and will continue to liaise with him for advice and counsel.
‘If its open, my name is in there. But for another post on the board, I would go for that. Because I would rather see that the guys who have been with Jack building the Caribbean, let them be in the forefront. If they leave it open, the Patrick John jumps in. If they don’t leave it open, then I seek a position on the board’, says John.
The world governing body for football said Warner’s resignation has been accepted, acknowledging his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particular and the CONCACAF Confederation.
Mr John says in Dominica, Mr Warner has left his mark with the advent of the Football House Building and the FIFA Goal 2 project.
‘This building was the first success, the Football house located here in Bath Estate. And when that project was successful, we had no problems when we applied for the second goal project. Even before we had plans settled, we just had an idea, we brought it to Jack, he said its approved. One of the things that Jack was really into was the welfare of the smaller countries’, says John.
Mr John had some words to leave with Mr Warner, on his resignation.
‘I would just like to tell him that he has been my friend and we will continue to be friends. I respect his decision to pull out from the football arena, but as a member of CONCACAF and CFU, I will still be in touch with him. I will continue to get his assistance and expertise in moving Dominica forward, as it relates to football,’ John concluded.
The resignation was prompted by an allegation against the 67-year-old football supremo that he and former FIFA Presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam had offered us$40 000 to national associations of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU).
It is alleged that the moneys were paid to the CFU members in return for their votes in the FIFA Presidential Election on June 1st.