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Australia defends Trinidad funding grant as part of mandatory FIFA World Cup bid criteria


FILE - In this June 2, 2011 file photo, uspended FIFA executive Jack Warner speaks during a news conference held shortly after his arrival at the airport in Port-of-Spain, in his native Trinidad and Tobago. The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) ethics and integrity committee accuses Warner and its former secretary general Chuck Blazer of enriching themselves through fraud, in a 100-page report presented at the organization's congress in Panama City, Friday, April 20, 2013, with FIFA President Sepp Blatter in attendance. (AP Photo/Shirley Bahadur, File) (The Associated Press)

Australia's soccer federation has defended a decision to fund a stadium upgrade in Trinidad, highlighted in a damaging ethics report into former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, saying it was fulfilling its mandatory requirements in the World Cup bidding process.

A report by the Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football ethics and integrity committee last week accused Warner and former secretary general Chuck Blazer of "enriching themselves through fraud" in running the sport's regional governing body.

In one instance, the report questioned what happened to $462,200 in Australian funding for the Havelange Center in Warner's home country of Trinidad and Tobago, built on land owned by Warner.

"This funding related to the mandatory FIFA World Cup bidding criteria," Kyle Patterson FFA head of corporate affairs said Tuesday in a statement sent to The Associated Press.