Warner dismissive of Panorama piece

24 November 2010 11:30

FIFA vice-president Jack Warner has renewed his attack on BBC Panorama's investigation into World Cup bidding by claiming the programme will have "negative fall-out" for England's World Cup bid.

Panorama are planning to screen a programme on Monday, three days before the vote, and have written to Warner as well as FIFA president Sepp Blatter asking for responses to a number of allegations but Warner insisted he was not worried about the contents of the investigation.

Warner told Trinidad newspaper Newsday: "I leave here on Sunday to go to vote on the bid. I haven't yet made up my mind how I'm voting, but the BBC, I'm totally dismissive of the BBC."

Asked whether Panorama could negatively affect the vote for England, he said: "I believe it might. I don't know really how much it would do that but I would imagine there must be some negative fall-out, how much I really don't know."

Warner added: "I don't want to dignify the foolishness by the BBC and what they want to show. If the BBC want to show anything, they could show it, what more could the BBC say about Jack Warner, come on, and while the BBC is doing its nonsense, I am doing my work, so I'm not worried about that."

England face competition from Russia, Spain/Portugal and Holland/Belgium for the 2018 tournament.

Source: PA