Former vice president of the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Jack Warner, has filed a lawsuit seeking an estimated TT$16 million (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) from the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA).
Warner, who had in previous years served as a special a TTFA advisor, claims in the lawsuit that he had provided the money to the local body which has failed to make the repayments even though it had acknowledged the loan.
Warner claims that he had provided the loans totalling TT$15,761,003, over a 15 year period and that the funds were used to cover the TTFA’s expenses, including the successful 2006 World Cup qualification campaign.
The Trinidad Guardian newspaper, quoting from the lawsuit filed on Monday, noted that Warner had claimed that the TTFA never disputed its debt to him, as it was reflected in its financial statements between 2007 and 2012.
The paper said the lawsuit included correspondence from former TTFA president Raymond Tim Kee, acknowledging the debt and an assurance that payment would be made.
In the lawsuit, Warner is seeking the repayment of the money owed, plus interests calculated using a prime commercial lending rate.
Last month, Warner, who is facing extradition to the United States on football related corruption charges, was ordered to pay US$20 million by a US District Court after the former president of the North American Soccer Confederation (CONCACAF) had been accused along with another CONCACAF official of making a fortune through embezzlement.
Judge William Kuntz entered a default judgement against Warner after he failed to register an appearance in the case.