Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner appears unfazed by the re-election of Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA, but says the U.S. is ''wrong to flex their muscles''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Former FIFA Vice President Jack Warner appeared unfazed by the re-election of Sepp Blatter as the head of the governing body for world soccer on Friday (May 29). "The voice of the people spoke today in Zurich and therefore whatever you say about him, he's still there," Warner said. Warner was among nine FIFA officials and five corporate executives charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with running a criminal enterprise that involved more than $150 million in bribes. Warner accused the media of focusing disproportionately on Blatter and other officials and not examining what he described as the U.S.' vested interest in the issue. "As black as you all have painted Blatter, he's still FIFA president for another four years, so Blatter has been there unopposed. What do you say for the next four years? 'He's a crook. He's a thief. He's this and that,'" Warner said. American soccer officials expressed their disappointment after Sepp Blatter's FIFA election victory on Friday but were adamant they would continue to push for change and reform within the game's governing body. "The U.S. is wrong to flex their muscles and thank God a fellow like Putin has spoken out against their behavior. It is wrong and you in the media must say so," Warner said. Blatter was re-elected president of FIFA for a fifth term on Friday after his only challenger conceded defeat in an election overshadowed by allegations of rampant corruption in world soccer. Blatter's victory came despite demands that he quit in the face of a major bribery scandal being investigated by U.S., Swiss and other law enforcement agencies that plunged soccer's governing body into the worst crisis in its 111-year history.