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Ex-FIFA executive Jack Warner ordered to pay $79 million

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Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner gestures as he walks past media cameras on his arrival at the magistrates court for his extradition hearing in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on December 2, 2015. The extradition case has been adjourned to February, pending the hearing of Warner’s legal challenge of the process being undertaken by the State to extradite him to face racketeering and bribery charges in the United States. / AFP / ALVA VIARRUEL (Photo credit should read ALVA VIARRUEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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A federal judge in New York City ordered former CONCACAF executive and FIFA executive committee member Jack Warner to pay $79 million in damages.

The judgement was ruled by default after Warner did not contest a 2017 civil suit that alleged he embezzled millions of dollars from CONCACAF during his time with the North American soccer governing body. He was accused of receiving kickbacks from media rights deals concerning CONCACAF competitions, including the Gold Cup. He also was accused of receiving and organizing bribes surrounding the voting for the 2010 World Cup, which was awarded to South Africa.

Plaintiff lawyer John Kuster released a statement that claimed CONCACAF “intends to pursue all available avenues to enforce the judgment in any jurisdiction where CONCACAF has reason to believe Mr. Warner may have assets.”

Warner is currently residing in his native Trinidad & Tobago on bail while the United States looks to carry out an extradition request. The 76-year-old is part of a massive criminal investigation into bribery and other criminal action around the soccer world.

Earlier this year, the estate of the late Chuck Blazer, another disgraced former FIFA official, agreed to pay $20 million in damages regarding his own actions in the FIFA bribery case.

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