Fifa corruption: Jack Warner hands passport over to police amid flight risk fears

Trinidad officials feared that Mr Warner might try and leave the country during the time he was reporting to the police

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Jack Warner, the former Fifa vice-president, has been ordered to surrender his passport to police amid fears he was a flight risk.

Trinidad’s attorney general, Garvin Nicholas, has now confirmed that officials are satisfied that Mr Warner will stay in the country.

“Any person with the level of resources that Mr Warner has would be considered a flight risk,” Mr Nicholas said. “We certainly made it a lot more difficult for him to escape or leave the country.”

In addition to surrendering his passport, Mr Warner has been ordered to report to police twice a week.

He is one of several international football officials currently charged as part of a US-led investigation.

Mr Warner is accused of receiving three payments totalling $10million (£6.45m) in 2008 from an unidentified Fifa official.

It is alleged that the money was to secure his vote to help South Africa win the right to host the 2010 World Cup instead of Morocco.

In 2011, Mr Warner left Fifa after his implication in a bribery scandal.

Brent Sancho, Trinidad’s sports minister, said: "Fifa (has) had a world of allegations swirling around them for quite some time.

"Now that the walls of Fifa are finally crumbling, we can only hope that the answers to all of these allegations are now going to happen."

Mr Warner has denied any wrongdoing.

Additional Reporting: AP

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