A New York federal judge has ordered Jack Warner, a former FIFA vice president, to pay $79 million in damages.
William Kuntz, a US District Court Judge, issued the ruling, after Warner failed to contest a 2017 civil suit filed against him, on allegation that he embezzled millions of dollars belonging to the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF).
Warner was accused of taking bribes from media rights deals for the confederation events, as well as taking bribes regarding FIFA votes for hosting the 2010 World Cup that was awarded to South Africa.
CONCACAF wants to take over Warner’s assets to recover damages, according to an attorney.
Though the 76-year-old still lives in Trinidad and Tobago, his country, the United States is working on his extradition.
Warner, a former North American regional football, who has denied any wrongdoing, was banned from all football activities in 2015 by FIFA’s ethics committee.