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Ex-Fifa chief Warner appoints leading British barrister

Disgraced former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner has hired one of Britain's leading barristers to help his fight against extradition to the USA.

Warner is doing his best to avoid extradition. Credit: PA

Edward Fitzgerald QC, who has represented controversial Muslim cleric Abu Hamza and Moors murderer Myra Hindley in the past, has confirmed he is advising Warner and his legal team in Trinidad.

Warner has been indicted by the US justice department on eight counts of football-related corruption and is currently on bail in Trinidad. Among the charges, he is accused of taking a 10million US dollar (£6.4m) bribe to vote for South Africa to host the 2010 World Cup.

Significantly, Fitzgerald has also represented Trinidad businessman Steve Ferguson who has successfully resisted extradition to the USA for the last 10 years.

Fitzgerald, who has won human rights awards for his cases challenging death sentences, confirmed to Press Association Sport he was working for Warner but said he could not discuss any details of the case.

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Qatar's World Cup committee 'adhered to Fifa's rules'

Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising committee said it adhered to all of Fifa's rules during its successful bid after a report claimed former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner and members of his family were paid millions by a Qatari company.

The 2022 bid committee strictly adhered to Fifa's bidding regulations in compliance with their code of ethics.

The supreme committee for delivery and legacy and the individuals involved in the 2022 bid committee are unaware of any allegations surrounding business dealings between private individuals.

– Qatar's 2022 World Cup organising committee

Warner, who is currently a politician in Trinidad, denied The Daily Telegraph's report, calling it "foolish" and insisting there is a witch hunt against Qatar.

Senior Fifa official 'paid millions by Qatari company'

A Qatari company closely linked to the country's successful 2022 World Cup bid reportedly paid a senior official and members of his family almost $2 million (£1.2m), The Daily Telegraph claims.

Former vice-president of Fifa Jack Warner. Credit: Matthew Ashton/EMPICS Sport

Jack Warner, the former vice-president of Fifa, appears to have been paid around £720,000 by the company after Qatar was awarded the prestigious competition, the newspaper reports.

It was also reported that the FBI is now investigating the links between the company, which is controlled by a former Qatari official, and Mr Warner.

Mr Warner strenuously denied the report and said in a statement: "I have no interest in joining in the foolishness that is now passing as news on Qatar and Jack Warner.

"Nor do I intend to join those who are on a witch hunt against the World Cup 2022 venue. And do consider this as my final comment on this matter."