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Fifa's vice president resigns.

Summary: Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner who was suspended pending an investigation into corruption allegations has resigned.

Former Fifa vice president Jack Warner who was suspended pending an investigation into corruption allegations has resigned, the world's football governing body has confirmed.

A statement released by Fifa read: "Fifa regrets the turn of events that have led to Mr Warner's decision.

"Mr Warner is leaving Fifa by his own volition after nearly 30 years of service, having chosen to focus on his important work on behalf of the people and government of Trinidad & Tobago as a Cabinet Minister and as the Chairman of the United National Congress, the major party in his country's coalition government," it added.

Mr Warner has quit from all his posts in international soccer including as Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football president.

However Fifa also confirmed that despite his resignation Jack Warner will appear as a witness in the probe into Mohamed bin Hammam and the Caribbean associations alleged to have received cash gifts totalling $1 million.

Warner and fellow Fifa member Bin Hammam, who with Fifa president Sepp Blatter were two of the three most powerful men in football, had been suspended on bribery charges.

He issued a parting shot, however, claiming the giving of "gifts" has always been part of the culture of Fifa during his 30 years in the organisation and that he had been "hung out to dry".

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