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Jack Warner quits FIFA, ethics case dropped

June 20, 2011 20:44 IST

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has resigned and an investigation into corruption allegations against him has been dropped, world soccer's governing body said on Monday.

Warner, who had been suspended pending an ethics committee probe into bribery claims, has quit from all his posts in international soccer including as CONCACAF president.

"FIFA regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner's decision," FIFA said in a statement.

Trinidadian Warner was being investigated in a cash-for-votes scandal relating to the election campaign of then FIFA presidential candidate Mohammed Bin Hammam that rocked the governing body earlier this month.

Warner, who following his suspension had threatened to unleash a "football tsunami" by revealing contents of emails with FIFA president Sepp Blatter before backing down, had been involved with the governing body for nearly 30 years.

"His resignation has been accepted by world football's governing body, and his contribution to international football and to Caribbean football in particular and the CONCACAF confederation are appreciated and acknowledged," FIFA said.

CONCACAF is the regional governing body of North and Central America and the Caribbean and is currently holding the Gold Cup in the United States.

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