#Fifagate: Sorry Jack, there's no World Cup in the US this year
Former Fifa VP Jack Warner cited a spoof article by the 'Onion' as his defence in his latest video.
WASHINGTON - A former Fifa executive accused of soliciting bribes in the corruption case brought by US authorities against world football officials, wants to know why the United States is hosting this year's World Cup if it dislikes football's governing body so much.
Former Fifa Vice President Jack Warner, who is from Trinidad and Tobago, has denied the charges against him and was granted bail after surrendering to authorities in his home country on Wednesday.
In a video posted on his Facebook page, which has since been replaced with an edited version, Warner holds a newspaper and says Fifa "has frantically announced" the United States is holding this summer's World Cup.
"If Fifa is so bad, why is that the USA wants to keep the Fifa World Cup?" asks Warner, who maintains the charges against him and other Fifa officials stem from US frustration over the country's failed bid to host the event.
But Warner might want to check his sources.
The next World Cup is not until 2018, in Russia, and the paper he holds up in the video is the Onion, a satirical US publication.
The paper ran a spoof last week about how "frantic and visibly nervous" Fifa officials held an impromptu news conference after the corruption charges were filed to award the World Cup to America, beginning 27 May.
"At press time, the US national team was leading defending champions Germany in the World Cup's opening match after being awarded 12 penalties in the game's first three minutes," the paper reported.
The suggestion was that nervous or corrupt referees would be keen to skew the match in the Americans' favour by awarding multiple penalties.