Jack Warner Plans 'New' CONCACAF

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Jamaica Gleaner

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 2, CANA

NEW CONCACAF President Austin "Jack" Warner, has outlined plans for a new-look regional soccer grouping while announcing his intention to take a commission of enquiry in his homeland, Trinidad, to court.

Warner, who takes up the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Football Associations) post in July says he is planning to seek the court's judicial review of comments made by commissioner, Lionel Seemungal.

An inquiry was ordered into the over-selling of tickets for Trinidad and Tobago's World Cup qualifying match with the United States on November 19 last year. Tickets were sold by the Trinidad Football Association, of which Warner was Secretary, and patrons had complained of having tickets and being denied entry to the stadium.

He says his vision of CONCACAF for the 1990s involves costs cutting, a possible change of name for the regional Federation and a revising of CONCACAF appointments. He said allowances to members would be cut in half. "A CONCACAF official, when he travels on football business, gets US 100 dollars a day. He travels first class.

"At the meeting to Guatemala, I told the committee - and they accepted it totally - that we should cut off the first class travel and let officials go economy," Warner said.

Warner said allowances to officials had been the biggest cost factor for hosting CONCACAF tournaments.

"It means, therefore, that overnight small countries like ours can now host tournaments for half the cost," Warner said.

On the issue of revising appointments on the various commissions, he said in the past the various commissions, referees, disciplinaries, statutes were heavily weighted in Latin America's favour.

"I have decided that we shall have, of course, a genuine spread of all the countries to have a true representation," Warner said.