Mid-Day Ticker: Warner releases FIFA details, Perez closing in on MLS and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Warner releases FIFA details, Perez closing in on MLS and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Warner releases FIFA details, Perez closing in on MLS and more


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Some of the back-room workings between Jack Warner and FIFA are starting to come to the surface.

Warner reportedly claimed that in exchange for drumming up support to get Sepp Blatter elected in the 1998 FIFA presidential election, he secured the television rights to the World Cup for his native Trinidad & Tobago for a single dollar

Warner, who was ousted from his positions in CONCACAF and on FIFA's executive committee amid separate bribery and corruption charges, had threatened to out FIFA and the scandals of the past few decades as retribution for how he had been treated toward the end of his reign. He resigned from his post after being implicated in a bribery scandal as part of trying to get Mohamed bin Hammam elected as FIFA president this past summer. 

FIFA has yet to comment on Warner's latest statement.

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It seems as if Blas Pérez will be able to tack on MLS to his already hefty resume.

The Panamanian striker will reportedly join MLS, according to reports emanating from South America.

Pérez, now 30, has plied his trade at 14 clubs since 1998, but it appears that MLS is his next destination. His current club, Indios de Ciudad Juarez, is in the midst of a financial meltdown, and Pérez looks likely to find the exit.

The striker has also bagged 22 goals in 38 international appearances, two of which have come at the United States' expense — in Gold Cups in 2007 and 2009.


Tottenham fans can breathe easily. Luka Modric, the Spurs' midfield lynchpin, has declared he is almost certain that he'll be with that club until at least the summer transfer window.

Modric was the subject of heavy transfer speculation last summer as Chelsea made serious approaches for his services, yet Tottenham firmly refused the Blues' advances and retained its star playmaker.

Tottenham has enjoyed a good start to the 2011-2012 campaign as the London club occupies third spot in the Premier League.


Despite speculation that Manchester United's Nemanja Vidic's injury could essentially end the Serbian's career, his agent, Silvana Martina, insists that the defender will be back next season.

The 30-year-old is set to go under the knife later this week to repair the ruptured ligaments in his knee — an injury the United captain sustained in a Champions League clash with FC Basel. Recovery time is slated for 12 months.

Vidic isn't the only injury concern for Sir Alex Ferguson, as Rio Ferdinand, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have all had questions asked of their health prior to the club's match with Blackburn on Saturday.


An awful first half to the Bundesliga campaign has been reason enough for SC Freiburg to fire coach Marcus Sorg.

The club is at the bottom of the Bundesliga with 13 points and has won just three times all season. Sorg will be replaced by assistant Christian Streich, who was immediately hired in a full-time capacity and given a deal until 2014.


What do you make of Warner's latest antics? Do you think Pérez would have major success in MLS? Do you see Modric headed out the Tottenham door in the summer? What do you think of the state of United's current back line? See Freiburg being relegated?

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