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Football / Re: RIP weary.
« on: March 02, 2017, 08:03:39 AM »
An absolute shocker! Thanks for the passion and the annual dedication to make sure we give back to the less fortunate. RIP Warrior!

Football / Re: 2016 Holiday Food Drive (10th Edition)
« on: December 16, 2016, 05:23:53 PM »
Got mine in, last minute as usual.

Football / Re: 2015 Holiday Food Drive
« on: December 13, 2015, 10:16:18 PM »
Fulfilled my annual commitment. Hopefully it makes a difference.

Football / Re: 2014 Holiday Food Drive
« on: December 16, 2014, 05:15:17 PM »
Done, sorry for the last minute contribution.

Football / Re: 2013 Holiday Food Drive
« on: December 16, 2013, 03:45:42 PM »
Better late than never. made my donation.

Football / Re: SWO is seeking $upport for Akeem.
« on: October 07, 2013, 02:17:55 PM »
Caught on this late. Donation made.

Football / Re: FBI and FIFA
« on: December 07, 2011, 05:43:42 PM »
Jack goose will be cooked!

Football / Re: TTFF launches 'Bound for Brazil' 2014 campaign.
« on: August 12, 2011, 05:46:35 PM »
I say WN/SWO be given 'observer' status on that committee to make sure the die-hard supporters have a voice at the table.

Football / Groden among those charged by FIFA
« on: August 11, 2011, 05:26:22 PM »
FIFA charges 16 officials

August 11, 2011
FIFA has announced 16 officials from Caribbean associations have been charged with breaching rules on ethics in the wake of the bribery scandal that saw Mohamed Bin Hammam banned for life.

• FIFA open new bribery investigation
 • Caribbean countries brought to book

FIFA's Ethics Committee opened proceedings against the officials following investigations into a special meeting in Trinidad on May 10 and 11 where cash gifts of USD 40,000 were offered or given to associations belonging to the Caribbean Football Union.

One of the officials, Colin Klass from Guyana, a member of the CFU executive committee, has been provisionally suspended from all football activity. The 16 officials will face further investigations carried out by the company owned by former FBI chief Louis Freeh.

FIFA said in a statement: "The FIFA Ethics Committee has today opened ethics proceedings against 16 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials in regard to apparent violations of the Code of Ethics connected to the investigation of the cases related to the special meeting of the CFU held in Trinidad & Tobago on May 10 and 11, 2011.

"One of the officials, Colin Klass (Guyana), has been provisionally suspended from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) by the chairman of the Ethics Committee, Claudio Sulser (Switzerland), after consideration of the specific information received on this matter.

"Judge Robert T Torres, a member of the Ethics Committee, has been entrusted by the committee with supervising and directing the investigation. With the approval of the committee, he has engaged Freeh Group International Europe (FGI Europe) and the secretariat of the Ethics Committee to assist the committee with this task. The Ethics Committee will contact the 16 officials to arrange further interviews in connection with these proceedings.

"It is important to note that the investigations are still ongoing, and that it is therefore possible that further proceedings could be opened in the future."

Klass, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), orchestrated a campaign by other associations to write letters backing FIFA vice-president Jack Warner after his provisional suspension on bribery charges.

Klass told Freeh investigators in June there was no offer or talk about cash gifts at the Trinidad meeting.

The Freeh report quotes evidence from Bahamas vice-president Fred Lunn, who took a photo of the cash he was given before returning it on the afternoon of May 10, stating that Klass went into the room when the money was being given.

The report states: "Outside the boardroom, Mr Lunn encountered Lionel Haven (a former Bahamas FA board member) and Colin Klass.

"According to Mr Lunn, Mr Klass stated: 'Why is this door locked, are there people getting bribed around here?' The male (CFU official) then allowed Mr Klass to enter the boardroom, which he exited after a few minutes. Mr Lunn noticed that Mr Klass had a smile on his face and was slightly giggling."

Klass told investigators, however, that he did not go into the boardroom.

The report states: "Mr Klass tried to enter the CFU boardroom on the afternoon of May 10, but was told that the room was not for him. Mr Klass remembered that Mr Warner said on May 11 that the only gifts were a laptop computer and projector.

"Mr Klass ... stated that (he) had not been offered or received any cash gift while in Trinidad and Tobago at the meeting."

The 16 officials are as follows:

David Hinds, Mark Bob Forde (Barbados)

Franka Pickering, Aubrey Liburd (British Virgin Islands)

David Frederick (Cayman Islands)

Osiris Guzman, Felix Ledesma (Dominican Republic)

Colin Klass, Noel Adonis (Guyana)

Yves Jean-Bart (Haiti)

Anthony Johnson (St Kitts and Nevis)

Patrick Mathurin (St Lucia)

Joseph Delves, Ian Hypolite (St Vincent and the Grenadines)

Richard Groden (Trinidad and Tobago)

Hillaren Frederick (US Virgin Islands)

Football / FABREGAS to Barcelona
« on: August 10, 2011, 12:38:30 PM »
BBC Sport is reporting that Cesc Fabregas is on verge of leaving Arsenal and signing for Barcelona today.

Football / Bajan Lisle Austin banned for 1 year by FIFA
« on: August 10, 2011, 10:41:19 AM »
Disciplinary Committee bans six match officials for life and Lisle Austin for one year
(FIFA.com) Wednesday 10 August 2011

The FIFA Disciplinary Committee, under the chairmanship of Marcel Mathier (Switzerland), met yesterday, 9 August 2011, to examine two cases, one related to the official Lisle Austin (Barbados), and the other related to the match officials Sinisa Zrnic, Kenan Bajramovic and Rizah Ridalovic (from Bosnia-Herzegovina), and Kolos Lengyel, János Csák and Krisztián Selmeczi (from Hungary).

In the first case, the committee decided to ban Lisle Austin from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) for a period of one year for lodging a claim related to football matters in front of the ordinary courts in the Bahamas, constituting a breach of art. 64 par. 2 of the FIFA Statutes. Lisle Austin had been provisionally suspended by the chairman of the Disciplinary Committee on 4 July 2011, the date from which the one-year suspension will start to be counted.

The Disciplinary Committee also decided that should Lisle Austin not withdraw the claim lodged in front of the ordinary courts in the Bahamas definitively and irrevocably, he will remain banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity at national and international level in accordance with art. 22 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code for as long as the legal proceedings in ordinary courts are pursued. However, the ban of one year is to be served independently from such possible withdrawal.

Meanwhile, the six match officials (Sinisa Zrnic, Kenan Bajramovic, Rizah Ridalovic, Kolos Lengyel, János Csák and Krisztián Selmeczi) have all been banned from taking part in any kind of football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) at national and international level for life. The officials were found guilty of breaching art. 62 par. 2 (passive corruption) and art. 69 par. 1 (unlawfully influencing match results) of the FIFA Disciplinary Code. The breach was committed in relation to the international “A” friendly matches Bolivia-Latvia and Estonia-Bulgaria played in Antalya (Turkey) on 9 February 2011.

Smokescreen or not, this could be serious for T&T. "The Caribbean authorities may get lifetime bans if they were found to be withholding information."

Lets be honest, if we all had to bet on whether TTFF gave evidence against Jack, we'd all win. Again, Camps is in a Catch 22 situation. If he gave evidence, he would upset Jack who could cause Camps all kind of pain, and if he doesn't, T&T could be banned for life.

My question is this: They say the authorities could be banned, but thats not really fair on the nation they represent. Remember, govt can't tell TTFF what to do. TTFF is a private company. So, does it mean that all members of TTFF could be banned and a new Federation would be formed? Could be a Godsend for T&T football.

The "authorities" (meaning the individuals who withheld information) could get a lifetime ban... not the Federations.

Yea, first sentence said "against more than 10 Caribbean officials", so this may be the end of Camps. I think FIFA is merely ridding all means by which JAW can still indirectly be calling de shots in Caribbean football.

FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials

 By Tariq Panja - Aug 8, 2011

Soccer’s governing body will start corruption proceedings against more than 10 Caribbean officials after a probe into allegations they took money from a candidate in its presidential election, according to two people familiar with the matter.

FIFA on July 26 gave the officials from the Caribbean Football Union 48 hours to come forward with information about a meeting where Mohamed Bin Hammam, a one-time challenger to FIFA President Sepp Blatter, allegedly offered envelopes stuffed with $40,000. Bin Hammam, the former head of soccer in Asia, is appealing the lifetime ban he was given from the sport.

Zurich-based FIFA’s ethics panel will meet today and is likely to bring the cases after more witnesses came forward to give details of the May 9 and 10 meeting at a hotel in Port-of- Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, according to one of the people with knowledge of the investigation. The pair were granted anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly.

“We cannot speculate on what will happen,” FIFA said in an e-mailed statement. Ben Spencer, a spokesman for the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football, didn’t respond to an e-mail or telephone messages seeking comment.

Bin Hammam became the highest-ranked soccer official to be excluded from the sport on July 23. FIFA has spent a year trying to deal with corruption allegations linked to the presidential election as well as the choice of host for the World Cup, which brings in $4 billion.

Warner Quits

One of FIFA’s vice presidents, Trinidad-based Jack Warner, quit the sport after being suspended pending the investigation into him and Bin Hammam. He arranged the Qatari’s meeting with the CFU and the duo were first suspended May 29. FIFA dropped its case against Warner, saying “the presumption of innocence is maintained,” following his withdrawal from the sport. Warner was also head of Concacaf, the regional body.

The new cases would lead to the largest mass suspension of officials in FIFA’s 107-year history. Six officials were suspended in October after allegations of vote buying linked to World Cup bidding.

The inquiry has been led by former U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation director Louis Freeh.

FIFA told the officials they would face less severe punishment should they come forward with information on the case. The Caribbean authorities may get lifetime bans if they were found to be withholding information. Some of the attendees have changed their stories about what happened, according to one of the people.

‘Zero Tolerance’

“Truthful and complete reporting will be considered in mitigation by the ethics committee when deciding on potential sanctions,” FIFA said last month. “Any person who has relevant information but does not come forward during this 48-hour period will be subject to the full range of sanctions.”

Blatter secured a fourth four-year term unopposed after Bin Hammam, the only other candidate, withdrew. Blatter promised a “zero tolerance” approach to fighting wrongdoing upon re- election on June 1.

Cuba was the only member of the 25-strong CFU that didn’t send a delegate to the Trinidad meeting where Bin Hammam pitched for votes. Officials from nine countries told investigators they had accepted or were offered envelopes full of cash. The remaining 15 denied any knowledge of the incident or refused to take part in the probe.

“Many cases, which look very simple, are not as simple as they look and this one could be a complicated case,” Guido Tognoni, a former adviser to Blatter at FIFA, said in a telephone interview.

‘Flimsy’ Evidence

Bin Hammam, 62, said he’ll appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and Swiss civil courts if FIFA doesn’t overturn his ban, which he claims is based on “flimsy” evidence. On Aug. 4, he complained about the time taken to publish the reasons behind his suspension.

“This delay is suspicious in that it gives FIFA the time to devise a justification for a decision that it was always going to make anyway,” he said on his blog. “This is also outrageous as FIFA has been quick to publicize my guilt while holding up my opportunity to appeal.”

The ethics committee will also hear a case against Lisle Austin, a Barbados official who briefly replaced Warner as head of Concacaf. He’s alleged to have broken FIFA statutes concerning taking legal action in civil courts. All disputes must be settled by governing bodies or the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport, according to FIFA. Ryan Toohey, a spokesman for Austin, wasn’t immediately able to comment.

Discussion on now on i95fm about TT football and WCQ

Football / World Cup draw 2014
« on: July 27, 2011, 03:53:02 PM »
Jamaica get a bligh to Round 3! We gotta fight up to come out of Round 2 with the lessers.


Football / Re: Camps says TTFF hands clean
« on: July 27, 2011, 06:43:31 AM »
this could be a blessing in disguise. Let Camps continue to maintain they have clean hands and Uncle Sepp ban them for life, paving the way for new admins in TT football.
      What blessing in disguise you talking about,if T&T Football get ban what a new admin going to do?run Minor leagues?we talking about ban for life,this is serious business.

i think they will sanction individuals not associations, this is a play to rid the caribbean of Warner's influence, which is admittedly at play with those who refuse to give evidence

Football / Re: Minister of Sports A.P.B
« on: July 27, 2011, 05:57:25 AM »
yea Anil in China coaching Bovell at World Championships.

Football / Re: Camps says TTFF hands clean
« on: July 27, 2011, 05:54:06 AM »
this could be a blessing in disguise. Let Camps continue to maintain they have clean hands and Uncle Sepp ban them for life, paving the way for new admins in TT football.

Football / Football Club Owner: TT Edition
« on: July 16, 2011, 11:15:21 AM »
After reading the discussion on the forum about the pending TT Pro league changes, I was thought of something maybe diehards can answer.

Given the opportunity to OWN a TT Pro League team, with a moderate budget, what will you do as owner in the current Pro League environment, that will ensure your team not only performs, but your club is profitable? TT$1 million budget to start off the season (remember it costs $400,000 to join the league).

Football / Re: Flex's mother passed away.
« on: May 30, 2011, 07:29:29 AM »
Condolences Flex!


Here is Jerome Valcke's email to Jack Warner in full:

Dear Jack, lots of questions ;)

Firstly I got also a very, very good feedback about the draw, its organization and the media coverage. It is great the FWC Final Draw is not the only one getting such attention but now all including the U-17. Football is really big.

For FICO, I perfectly understand your position about England. There is not a major point it is true to be discussed. I think MBH will try to attack us on various points but am prepared to answer. Nothing very new since Robben Island 2009 Exco!

For MBH, I never understood why he was running. If really he thought he had a chance or just being an extreme way to express much he does not like anymore JSB. Or he thought you can buy FIFA as they bought the WC.

I have a bet since day one, he will withdraw but on June 1st after his 10 min speech. By doing so he can say he push Blatter to make new commitments bla bla bla and get out under applause. Before means he is a loser. So … He will get some votes. Less than 60 today after CAF support. It will be the "coup de grace" if you would officially send a message as the CONCACAF President by saying CONCACAF supports unanimously.

So am not giving you advice but just feeing about what I think is the situation.

Finally just coming back to wives. You know Jack ruled are for the majority. Why? Because without a minority will always abuse! Some and a few members are given a special authorization to bring their partner at their coast and it is fine but we have a number of issues and that is why this regulation was decided a very long time ago before I was appointed for sure.

Talking about the before I was told and it is confirmed, Linsi went with MBH to visit a few MA's. Was maybe the ex-future SG. Also one agency, Sportfive, has being very supportive and organized for MBH meeting with MA's they have under contract.

Wow, just wake up, being in San Francisco for a few hours before flying at 1pm to Sao Paulo for the day. And am writing so much ;)).

Enjoy your day

Football / Warner: Big name coach coming
« on: January 02, 2011, 05:23:23 PM »
Warner on CNMG news tonight: after recruiting upgrades etc are put in place, expect a big name coach who he has been talking to recently. "the best we will ever have". Did not release a name. The reporter asked if they were from the Premiership, he replied "something so, I will leave it at that". All remains is for the coach to sign.

Any thoughts on who it could be?

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T Women's U-17 World Cup (Sept 2010).
« on: September 05, 2010, 05:23:36 PM »
who is the female commentator on the i95.5fm feed? She seems quite knowledgeable and her input insightful

Joanne Daniel - all I could find in google is she's associated with St. Benedict's football programme.

she is  a brit  who move to trini with her trini husband/child father

thanks all

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T Women's U-17 World Cup (Sept 2010).
« on: September 05, 2010, 05:20:24 PM »
who is the female commentator on the i95.5fm feed? She seems quite knowledgeable and her input insightful

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T Women's U-17 World Cup (Sept 2010).
« on: September 05, 2010, 04:09:41 PM »

Football / Re: Victorious St. Lucia soccer player shot dead in NY
« on: August 30, 2010, 04:15:08 PM »
Isidore Phillip Tisson Dead: Soccer Player Killed In New York
TOM HAYS | 08/30/10 06:04 PM | AP

NEW YORK — A triumphant St. Lucian soccer player whose winning goal put his team in the final of a tournament for Caribbean teams has been shot and killed in a tragic end to an evening out celebrating.

Isidore Phillip Tisson scored in his team's 1-0 win Sunday over St. Kitts in New York City, his coach, Mitchel Daniel, said Monday.

Tisson "had an awesome presence on the field and was a very gentle person," Daniel said. "He was addicted to soccer."

The shooting occurred early Monday in Brooklyn, where Tisson had spent the night celebrating with friends and family. At about 4:30 a.m., he was a passenger with four women in a car that stopped for him to buy water and fruit from a shop.

When the 27-year-old Tisson returned and got into the back seat, a gunman came up, wordlessly pointed a weapon through the window and shot him in the head at point-blank range.

The women fled in the car and flagged down a police cruiser, which escorted them to a nearby hospital, where Tisson was pronounced dead. A woman seated next to Tisson at the time of the shooting was hospitalized in stable condition with a graze wound on the shoulder caused by the bullet.

A .45-caliber shell casing was recovered from the car. Police had no motive, and there were no arrests.

Nothing unusual happened at the game, in which Tisson scored 15 minutes into the second half, the coach said.

"There was no animosity," Daniel said. "It was all about bringing people together."

Tisson was a substitute defender for his country's national team when it failed to qualify for the 2010 World Cup. He had been in New York the past several weeks – his first trip to the city – playing for a St. Lucia club team in the Digicel Caribbean Cup, a tournament sponsored by cell phone operator Digicel and played at a Brooklyn high school.

The team featured eight St. Lucian national team players and other players of St. Lucian descent from local club teams. With the win over St. Kitts, St. Lucia advanced to the final on Sept. 5 against Jamaica, Daniel said.

"We'll be playing for Phillip," the coach said. "That's what he would have wanted."

Football / Re: Thread for the T&T vs Jamaica Game (11-Aug-2010).
« on: August 09, 2010, 05:30:21 PM »
was watching tonight's news, is it the stream quality or in fact that the pitch at Marvin Lee is stressed and may need replacing?

High Court backs payments for Soca Warriors: ...TTFF ordered to honour 2006 W/Cup agreement
By Lasana Liburd

Story Updated: Aug 1, 2010 at 1:12 AM ECT

The Trinidad and Tobago Football Federation (TTFF) was accused of time-wasting and ordered by Acting Justice Devindra Rampersad to honour its agreement to pay bonuses to the 2006 World Cup football team, dubbed the "Soca Warriors", and legal costs, which are expected to be in excess of $3 million.

On November 19, 2008, the TTFF filed a stay of proceedings in the High Court that prevented the 16 players—since reduced to 14—from enforcing the judgment of the London-based Sport Dispute Resolution Panel (SDRP), on the grounds a supposed breach of confidentiality by the claimants "severely undermined" the defendants' faith in the SDRP and, as a result, "they no longer agree to be bound by the agreement".

The SDRP ruled on May 19, 2008, due to a contract made by United National Congress (UNC) chairman and TTFF Special Adviser Jack Warner with the players, the Warriors were owed 50 per cent of all 2006 World Cup commercial revenue and declared an immediate independent audit of the local football body's financial books for that period.

On Thursday afternoon, Justice Rampersad dismissed the TTFF's appeal and ruled in favour of the players.

"This court, therefore, finds that the breaches complained of by the defendants," stated Justice Rampersad, "did not go to the root of the arbitration agreement, and in those circumstances, the agreement remains irrevocable in accordance with Section 3 of the Trinidad and Tobago Arbitration Act 1950, which states that, 'an arbitration agreement, unless a contrary intention is expressed therein, shall be irrevocable except by leave of the court and shall have the same effect in all respects as if it had been made an order of the Court'."

The World Cup players who initially filed suit against the TTFF are Marvin Andrews, Shaka Hislop, Kelvin Jack, Atiba Charles, Cyd Gray, Ian Cox, Avery John, Brent Sancho, Chris Birchall, Aurtis Whitley, Collin Samuel, Evans Wise, Anthony Wolfe, Cornell Glen, Kenwyne Jones and Stern John. However, Andrews and Birchall are understood to have subsequently settled privately.

The remaining footballers will request an interim payment of roughly $1.8 million each—their share of the $88 million the T&TFF claimed to receive as World Cup commercial revenue—when the High Court reopens in September before auditors decide the complete figure due.

A Freedom of Information Act request in 2007 suggested the TTFF's earnings are closer to $180 million, exclusive of gate receipts and broadcast and television rights. In October 2006, the TTFF had offered the World Cup players just $5,644 each.

The SDRP ruled in favour of the players while Justice Rampersad dismissed the TTFF's case as frivolous and described the TTFF's conduct in the matter as "troubling".

"It is difficult for this court to understand the defendants' submission," stated Rampersad "…Indeed, as the claimants rightly submit, even in light of their admitted breach, the defendants have failed to advance any proof to the Court in this regard … The post-award disclosures of the award itself would not raise the mischief against which the confidentiality provisions were directed… The surrounding circumstances of the confidentiality obligation very strongly indicate just how otiose the defendants' claim to confidentiality is at this point."

The TTFF was represented in the High Court by Om Lalla, instructed by Kelvin Ramkissoon, while George Hislop—father of World Cup player and ESPN commentator Shaka Hislop—appeared for the players and was instructed by Dave De Peiza.

The players' London-based solicitor Michael Townley was elated.

"I knew we should win, but the length of time it was taking to get the judgment made it all a bit uncertain and nerve-racking," said Townley. "In the end, it was worth the wait …Now, getting paid is the next step, and we recognise that we are dealing with a party who seems determined to carry on regardless of any amount of evidence.

"Nobody forced their hand to enter in an agreement, so at what point will they seek to recognise it?"

Warner could not be reached for comment by telephone yesterday while TTFF president Oliver Camps said he would follow his lawyer's advice and make no comment on the case.

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