• Jack Warner compares England star to FIFA banned over bribery scandal
  • Beckham ran coaching clinics in Trinidad while England were bidding for 2018 World Cup
  • Warner says he has ‘avalanche’ of secrets that includes links to Sepp Blatter
  • Warner made the bizarre claims in a speech he titled ‘The Gloves Are Off’
  • He also said the secrets made him ‘reasonably, actually fear for my life’

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Former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner today launched an astonishing attack on the English Football Association, accusing them of trying to use David Beckham as a bribe for World Cup votes.

In a bizarre rant, Warner drew extraordinary comparisons between the former England captain and a shamed FIFA official involved in a bribery scandal.

Mohamed Bin Hammam was banned from football for life after he was accused of paying £25,000 to Caribbean officials in exchange for votes in the FIFA presidential elections in 2011.

Accusing England of hypocrisy, Warner claimed there was no difference between Bin Hammam and when Beckham ran coaching clinics in Trinidad in 2010 while England were bidding for the 2018 World Cup.

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Disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner (left) has accused England of hypocrisy after drawing comparisons between David Beckham and a shamed FIFA official banned over a bribery scandal

Disgraced former FIFA vice-president Jack Warner (left) has accused England of hypocrisy after drawing comparisons between David Beckham and a shamed FIFA official banned over a bribery scandal

David Beckham with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and  Jack Warner leave the pitch at FIFA U17 Women's World Cup Final match between South Korea and Japan at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad in 2010

David Beckham with FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Jack Warner leave the pitch at FIFA U17 Women’s World Cup Final match between South Korea and Japan at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Trinidad in 2010

Warner said: ‘When Bin Hammam came here, what he did or didn’t do was not inconsistent with FIFA practice over 100 years.

‘Of what is the difference between Bin Hammam and the English national team coming here to play Trinidad &Tobago? 

‘What is the difference between Hammam and David Beckham having coaching clinics at the Centre of Excellence?’

His comments were reported by The Daily Telegraph at a rally in Trinidad, where Warner is a politician.

Warner resigned as vice-president following allegations that he and Bin Hammam gave or offered bribes to members of the Caribbean Football Union.   

Warner’s attack came as Beckham told how he has found it infuriating watching the FIFA corruption scandal escalate and called for the sport’s world governing body to change.

‘Some of the things that we now know happened were despicable, unacceptable and awful for the game that we love so much,’ he told Sky Sports.  

Ex-FIFA vice president Jack Warner holds a copy of a cheque as he claims to reveal an 'avalanche' of secrets

Ex-FIFA vice president Jack Warner holds a copy of a cheque as he claims to reveal an ‘avalanche’ of secrets

Warner's bizarre rant came as he faces charges by the U.S. Department of Justice that include running an enterprise involving more than $150million in bribes

Warner’s bizarre rant came as he faces charges by the U.S. Department of Justice that include running an enterprise involving more than $150million in bribes

Beckham helped lobby for votes in 2010 ahead of the ballot on the 2018 World Cup, which was awarded to Russia after England secured just two votes among FIFA’s executive committee.

At the time, Beckham said he was left with a ‘sick feeling’ after being misled by executive committee members who pledged their support.

Now Beckham hopes FIFA is cleaning up its act.

‘Whilst it has not been good to read some of the headlines surrounding our sport recently, I hope at last we are now moving in the right direction,’ Beckham said in a statement.

‘Football is not owned by a few individuals at the top, it belongs to the millions of people around the world who love this sport. It is time for FIFA to change and we should all welcome it.’

Earlier, Warner launched a bizarre tirade against football’s governing body and Sepp Blatter, claiming he has an ‘avalanche’ of secrets about shady deals that makes him fear for his life.

In a bizarre televised rant broadcast last night, Warner claimed he has documents and cheques that link FIFA officials, including embattled president Sepp Blatter, to the 2010 national election in Trinidad and Tobago.

Warner is among more than a dozen officials charged by the U.S. Department of Justice with running a criminal enterprise that involved more than $150million in bribes.

Prosecutors say he solicited bribes worth millions and charged him with offences including racketeering and bribery. 

Warner claimed his secrets 'included, but are not limited to' the embattled Sepp Blatter (pictured)

Warner claimed his secrets ‘included, but are not limited to’ the embattled Sepp Blatter (pictured)

In a cryptic and rambling statement – which was a paid political advertisement – the politician claimed he had compiled reams of documents and was delivering them to his lawyers for them to disseminate as they saw fit.

He also claimed that ‘I reasonably actually fear for my life’.

‘I have as promised compiled a comprehensive and detailed series of documents including cheques and corroborating statements,’ Warner claimed.

‘It also reveals my knowledge about certain transactions at FIFA including, but not limited to its president Sepp Blatter.’

‘I have placed them in different and respected hands. I have said to you before by so doing I have placed the outcome of those matters beyond my own reach.

‘Retracting them is not a possibility there can be no turning back. The link between FIFA is funding and me.

‘Not even death will stop the avalanche that is coming,’ Warner said as his supporters cheered in celebration.

‘The die is cast. There can be no turning back. Let the chips fall where they fall.’

Warner also said that when he heard Blatter was stepping down, he wrote him to urge his immediate departure from FIFA.

‘Blatter knows why he fell. And if anyone else knows, I do,’ Warner said. ‘I will no longer keep secrets for them who actively seek to destroy the country.’

Soon after the speech aired, Warner appeared at his Independent Liberal Party’s rally, which was held under a canopy on a residential street. 

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner claims he will reveal an 'avalanche' of secrets and that he fears for his life

Former FIFA vice president Jack Warner claims he will reveal an ‘avalanche’ of secrets and that he fears for his life

At least two hundred people were present when Warner spoke, many of them having not seen the televised remarks.

‘I apologise for not disclosing my knowledge of these events before,’ Warner said.

At his rally, Warner – mopping sweat from his forehead several times – told supporters that he will not hold back in his new-found plan to expose scandal.

MailOnline has approached FIFA for comment.

His address came just hours after American Chuck Blazer, another former FIFA executive committee member, admitted taking bribes relating to a range of tournaments, including the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

Meanwhile, FIFA whistleblower Chuck Blazer has admitted taking bribes to vote for both the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.

The American also pleaded guilty to tax evasion and accepting bribes and kickbacks connected to five Gold Cups – the North and Central American confederation’s flagship tournament.

This damning admission of criminal activity on FIFA’s executive was contained in Blazer’s plea-bargain testimony given to the FBI in November 2013 but made public for the first time on Wednesday night. 

FIFA whistleblower Blazer (left) has revealed there was wrongdoing ahead of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups

FIFA whistleblower Blazer (left) has revealed there was wrongdoing ahead of the 1998 and 2010 World Cups

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