Controversy loves company.
Trinidad and Tobago-based FIFA vice-president Jack Warner, touring Canadian venues for the 2007 Under-20 World Cup, is under investigation by soccer's world governing body for alleged ticket scalping.
Warner has labeled Trinidad and Tobago national team players "greedy" for threatening to quit over a payment dispute.
"That must not be condoned," he said.
Warner also commended the Canadian Soccer Association for suspending three players who missed two August friendlies against China.
"You must always do what is right, not what is popular," Warner said.
Charmaine Hooper, Christine Latham and Sharolta Nonen are off the roster for not committing fast enough to the team's Vancouver-based residency program.
Hooper, a member of the W-League's New Jersey Wildcats, publicly disputed coach Even Pellerud's roster selection after Canada's July 30 exhibition against the U.S. The game clashed with the Ottawa Fury's upset of the Wildcats in the W-League Eastern championship. Pellerud did not call up any Fury players.
"We had an opportunity to play the Americans on that date and we took advantage of that," said CSA chief operating officer Kevan Pipe.
"I really can't say any more at this point in time. That's getting too close to our situation with the players." Both CSA and the suspended trio have hired lawyers.