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FIFA ethics committee bans Jack Warner from soccer for life

A picture taken on April 27, 2011 shows FIFA's vice-president Jack Warner in Cartagena. Jack Warner, the central figure in recent bribery allegations, has resigned from his post, world football's governing body confirmed on June 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

A picture taken on April 27, 2011 shows FIFA's vice-president Jack Warner in Cartagena. Jack Warner, the central figure in recent bribery allegations, has resigned from his post, world football's governing body confirmed on June 20, 2011. AFP PHOTO / Luis Acosta (Photo credit should read LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

Disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has been banned for life by FIFA's ethics committee and described as a "key player" involved in illegal payments.

Warner, who is fighting extradiction from Trinidad to the USA on corruption charges, resigned from FIFA in 2011 following a bribery scandal and has not been involved since then.

FIFA's ethics committee opened an investigation into Warner earlier this year and has now banned him for life from football-related activities.

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A statement from the ethics committee said: "Mr Warner was found to have committed many and various acts of misconduct continuously and repeatedly during his time as an official in different high-ranking and influential positions at FIFA and CONCACAF.

"In his positions as a football official, he was a key player in schemes involving the offer, acceptance, and receipt of undisclosed and illegal payments, as well as other money-making schemes."

The decision was taken on the basis of investigations carried out by the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee following its report on the inquiry into the 2018/2022 FIFA World Cup bidding process.

The chairman of the investigatory chamber of the ethics committee, Dr Cornel Borbely, who took over the chairmanship from his predecessor in late December 2014, immediately opened the investigation into Warner's activities in January 2015.

The ban is effective from September 25, 2015, the date on which the present decision was notified.