PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad – Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner is vowing to fight a U.S. bid to extradite him from Trinidad to face charges in the FIFA corruption case.
A defiant Warner says he is looking forward to the legal battles as he prepares for a first hearing July 9. He spoke to supporters of his Independent Liberal Party late Wednesday outside Port-of-Spain and said that it will be a "long hot summer."
Warner could drag the extradition process out for more than three years with appeals.
He is accused of taking payments totaling $10 million sent by a high-ranking FIFA official to secure to give South Africa the right to host the 2010 World Cup over Morocco. Warner left FIFA in 2011 and has denied wrongdoing.