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Football federation to sue Warner

The Trinidad and Tobago football federation (TTFF) has said it plans to sue former Fifa vice president Jack Warner to recover millions of dollars in funds, including those set aside for Haiti as a post-earthquake donation.

Federation attorney Derek Ali told a judge that he planned to file a lawsuit.

High Court Judge Devindra Rampersad ordered Mr Ali to send Mr Warner a protocol letter advising him of the federation's intentions.

The TTFF recently acknowledged it had "surrendered its authority" to Mr Warner, who had served as the federation's special adviser and resigned last year to avoid a bribery probe.

Mr Warner made a brief statement after the federation made its announcement. "That is their right to do so," he said. "Let us see what happens."

The federation has said that Warner controlled a bank account in its name that was set to receive 750,000 US dollars pledged by Fifa and South Korean football leader Chung Mong-joon for rebuilding projects in Haiti.

Haitian officials recently told The Sunday Times in Britain that they received only 60,000 dollars, and Fifa announced it would temporarily freeze all funding to Trinidad and Tobago.

Trinidad's soccer federation is also seeking to recover millions of dollars in bonuses that 13 players from the island's 2006 World Cup team claim Mr Warner promised them but never paid.

Mr Warner stepped down last year after overseeing football's North and Central American and Caribbean governing body for almost 30 years. As a result, FIFA cannot discipline him but has said that it will withhold his pension payments.

Mr Warner, who is a member of Trinidad's ruling party, still serves as the island's Minister of Works. Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said that authorities are investigating several projects launched by Mr Warner's ministry.

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