Tuesday Kickoff: Warner responds, Arsenal locks up Vermaelen and more

Tuesday Kickoff: Warner responds, Arsenal locks up Vermaelen and more

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Tuesday Kickoff: Warner responds, Arsenal locks up Vermaelen and more

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After being caught on video offering bribes to Caribbean officials, former CONCACAF president and FIFA executive committee member Jack Warner is on the warpath. 

Warner continues to respond to allegations against him the Trinidad and Tobago media, where a lengthy letter was published on Tuesday. It can be read in full here. Warner doesn't so much defend himself as he does say that he plans to expose the inner workings of FIFA and the circumsances surrounding outgoing CONCACAF secretary general Chuck Blazer.

"The truth is that there is much to be told about how the FIFA conducts its business and I have promised in the past a tsunami that would hit the FIFA, and indeed, it will come," Warner wrote. "To the detractors who want to predict time, place and circumstance for this tsunami let me advise all that, in the fullness of time, it will come, but definitely not before (Mohamed) Bin Hammam’s case before the Court of Arbitration Sport (CAS) is resolved."

Here are a few more stories to help kick off your day:

VERMAELEN SIGNS EXTENSION

Belgian centerback Thomas Vermaelen has proven to be a worthy asset for Arsenal when healthy, so much so that the club has committed four more years to the player, who has battled injuries throughout his stay at the Emirates.

Vermaelen, currently out of action while recovering from an Achilles injury, signed a four-year contract extension that will keep him with Arsenal through 2015. He missed most of last season with the injury, which has required a couple of surgeries and prevented him from playing this season thus far.

CICHERO FACING LONG SUSPENSION FOR ASSAULT 

Former New York Red Bulls defender Gabriel Cichero is facing a potential lengthy suspension after physically assaulting the team president and a director of one of his opponents while playing in France's Ligue 2.

Cichero, playing for Lens, reportedly attacked Bastia's staff members after on-field confrontations boiled over into the players' tunnel, where he caused severe injuries to the victims. According to L'Equipe, the Venezuelan international is facing a one-year ban

EVERTON IN TALKS WITH BARKLEY

Losing young talent with mass potential is nothing new for Everton, but the club hopes to avoid that scenario with up-and-coming midfielder Ross Barkley.

The Toffees are in talks with the 17-year-old Barkley about a long-term deal that would keep him at Goodison Park and ensure that he doesn't take the same path as Wayne Rooney, who left Everton at 18 to join — and eventually flourish at — Manchester United.

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What do you make of Warner's latest comments? Think it's wise for Arsenal to offer Vermaelen a long-term deal given his injury history? What do you make of the Cichero assault? Hope to see Everton hang on to Barkley?

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