Warner called the United States two-faced, since he and Blatter had once been welcomed to the White House by President Barack Obama.There is a different in law between legitimate and illegal efforts to win influence. That this escapes Warner speaks to how ingrained favors-for-influence are as part of the FIFA culture.
"Was the president of the United States seeking a strong lobby from a FIFA vice president or was he 'bribing' a FIFA official with a visit and a meal to the White House? I think not," Warner said.
"In each case, the answer is no, but it just goes to show how selective this 'bribe' issue can be," he added.
At the same time, Warner does have a point, which is awkward for the White House and for US Soccer.