Burrell, Jones, Jean-Bart part of committee to steer CFU
Friday, December 23, 2011
Well-known personalities Horace Burrell, Ronald Jones and Yves Jean-Bart were among nine administrators appointed to restore the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) to normalcy over the next five months.
Burrell, the suspended president of the Jamaica Football Federation, who will regain his status on January 16 next year; Jones, president of Barbados' Football Association and Minister of Education; and Jean-Bart of Haiti are the three most recognisable figures on the nine-member Normalisation Committee appointed during an Extraordinary Congress of the CFU over the last two days at FIFA headquarters.
They have been joined by Luis Hernandez of Cuba, Victor Daniel from Grenada, Jeffrey Webb of the Cayman Islands, Larry Mussenden from Bermuda, Everton Gonsalves of Antigua & Barbuda and Rignaal Francisca of Curaçao to execute a number of tasks to return the CFU to equilibrium following the fall-out from the cash-for-votes scandal that rocked the regional governing body earlier this year. Several high-ranking officials in the regional game, principally CFU president Jack Warner, either stepped away from the game, suffered suspension imposed by FIFA, the sport's world governing body, fines, or reprimands.
Jean-Bart, chairman of the Congress, said in a media release yesterday: "I am proud to have been part of such a historical achievement and expect the decisions taken at the Zurich meetings will result in a brighter and better CFU."
The Normalisation Committee has a ten-point plan on which to work, leading to elections for a new CFU Executive Committee no later than May 15 next year.
The Committee will perform the functions of the CFU Executive Committee until elections are held.
It is also expected to appoint an interim CFU general secretary and review new CFU statutes to be proposed by the CFU Legal Committee.
Preparing the 2011 annual report and setting a date for a CFU Extraordinary Congress to approve the new CFU statutes must also take place no later than 90 days from Tuesday this week. The Normalisation Committee is also expected to appoint a Legal Committee, a Finance Committee and a Football Committee, while also making recommendations to the membership as to the legal domicile of the CFU.
Appointing two delegates to attend all CONCACAF meetings or working groups will also be a task of the CFU Normalisation Committee, as well as consulting with the Confederation on the appointment of a member of the Committee as the Caribbean zone representative to the FIFA Executive Committee as an observer.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter said: "I am very pleased that the representatives of the CFU have reached an agreement in order to move forward and to look into the future, for the good of the game in the region."
Leaders of 30 national associations attended the meeting that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Burrell named on CFU Normalisation Committee
BY SEAN A WILLIAMS
Friday, December 23, 2011
SUSPENDED president of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Captain Horace Burrell, has been named to a Normalisation Committee to direct the affairs of the battered Caribbean Football Union (CFU) until a congress can be held to elect a new exceutive.
Burrell, who is serving three months of a six-month suspension handed down by FIFA for unspecified ethics violations in relation to the cash-for-vote scandal that threatened to capsize the region's football, is expected to return to all his football appointments, posts and activities on January 16 next year.
The decision to appoint the nine-man committee was reached after two days of meetings at FIFA's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, as the 30 presidents of the territorial body sat down to chart a course forward.
"On this occasion, the members resolved to convene an extraordinary congress and to formalise the appointment of a Normalisation Committee to execute various tasks on behalf of the CFU," a press release from the CFU stated.
Other members of the committee are Yves Jean-Bart (Haiti), Luis Hernandez (Cuba), Victor Daniel (Grenada), Jeffrey Webb (Cayman Islands), Larry Mussenden (Bermuda), Ronald Jones (Barbados), Everton Gonsalves (Antigua and Barbuda) and Rignaal Francisca (Curacao).
The vote-buying scandal which rocked world football resulted from a two-day meeting in Trinidad and Tobago when FIFA presidential candidate Mohammed bin Hammam was accused of offering US$40,000 cash gifts to CFU members to support him against the incumbent, Joseph 'Sepp' Blatter.
As the scandal took on a viral effect, bin Hammam was forced to withdraw from the race, giving the Swiss a fourth consecutive term as head of world football.
The Qatari was later banned for life in relation to the incident. Another high-profile casualty was CONCACAF and CFU president and FIFA vice-president, Trinidadian Austin 'Jack' Warner, who resigned before sanctions were brought against him.
His departure from all football-related activities left an opening for president of the CFU, where Burrell was considered a favourite for the post.
But he later picked up his suspension while acting in the position at the height of the campaign, leaving another Jamaican, Tony James, and Trinidadian Harold Taylor as the chief contenders.
That election, scheduled for Montego Bay last month, was called off as the CFU secretariat claimed there were no funds available to finance the two-day congress.
Angenie Khanai, the Trinidadian general secretary of the CFU, subsequently quit her position.
Meanwhile, the Normalisation Committee is mandated to "perform the functions of the CFU Executive Committee, until such time that the CFU elects a new CFU executive committee; appointing an interim CFU general secretary; review new CFU statutes to be proposed by the CFU Legal Committee, where JFF general secretary Horace Reid is a member; preparing the 2011 Annual Report of the CFU; setting a date for a CFU extraordinary congress to approve the new CFU statutes — such date to be no later than 90 days after December 20, 2011; setting a date for the 2012 ordinary congress — such date to be no later than May 15, 2012 — for the election of members of the CFU executive committee, among other things".
Yves Jean Bart, the acting CFU head who chaired the meetings in Zurich, said he was "proud to have been part of such a historical achievement and expects that the decisions taken at the Zurich meetings will result in a brighter and better CFU".
In the CFU press release, FIFA president Blatter was quoted as saying: "I am very pleased that the representatives of the CFU have reached an agreement in order to move forward and to look into the future, for the good of the game in the region."
It was Blatter who had offered to host the crucial meeting at football's lavish headquarters in Switzerland.
Jamaica was represented at the meeting by acting JFF president Dale Spencer.