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CONCACAF President Jack Warner to stand for reelection

Jack Warner, head of CONCACAF to stand for reelection. PHOTO by Tony Quinn / isiphotos.com

Jack Warner, head of CONCACAF to stand for reelection. PHOTO by Tony Quinn / isiphotos.com

PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD (Friday, September, 24, 2010)

Jack Warner announced today at the 2010 CONCACAF Extraordinary Congress that he will stand for reelection as President in 2011.  Warner’s announcement came at the conclusion of his report to the congress detailing the Confederation’s activities and progress. 

 

Warner highlighted CONCACAF’s economic stability and growth despite the world-wide economic downturn.  These resources have enabled CONCACAF to elevate the level and size of its competitions and programs as well as deliver direct support to its members. 

Present at the Congress in Port-of-Spain were FIFA President Joseph “Sepp” Blatter and FIFA Executive Committee members Ángel María Villar and Franz Beckenbauer.  The Congress was sponsored by the United States World Cup Bid Committee.  Also present were representatives from the bid committees of England, Russia, Belgium/Holland, Japan and Korea.

Warner reassured President Blatter that he will continue to have “the complete support of CONCACAF and its member as he seeks reelection to FIFA’s highest office.”

The CONCACAF Executive Committee a day earlier unanimously voted to petition FIFA for four spots in the 2014 World Cup. 

“Our members made it very clear today that we need four places,” Warner said.  “Our region is united behind this position.”

He also paid tribute to the victims of the Haitian earthquake in January and recognized the Haitian women’s team that competed at the CONCACAF U-17 Women’s Qualifying two months later. 

Warner declared his personal commitment to help the United States host the 2018 or 2022 World Cup. 

A day earlier, the Executive Committee also allocated places for several tournaments to be held in the upcoming year – the Under-17 and Under-20 championships, the Pan-American Games and the Olympic qualifiers.

The committee also approved a two year budget highlighted by increased support for qualifying competitions in the Caribbean and Central America.

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