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Jack warner is in the mix, read this article.

FIFA Officials Arrested on Corruption Charges; Blatter Isn’t Among Them.

Swiss authorities conducted an extraordinary early-morning operation here Wednesday to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them to the United States on federal corruption charges.

As leaders of FIFA, soccer’s global governing body, gathered for their annual meeting, more than a dozen plain-clothed Swiss law enforcement officials arrived unannounced at the Baur au Lac hotel, an elegant five-star property with views of the Alps and Lake Zurich. They went to the front desk to get keys and proceeded upstairs to the rooms.

The arrests were carried out peacefully. One FIFA official, Eduardo Li of Costa Rica, was led by the authorities from his room to a side-door exit of the hotel. He was allowed to bring his luggage, which was adorned with FIFA logos

The charges, backed by an F.B.I. investigation, allege widespread corruption in FIFA over the past two decades, involving bids for World Cups as well as marketing and broadcast deals, according to three law enforcement officials with direct knowledge of the case.

The indictment names 14 people on charges including racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracy. In addition to senior soccer officials, the indictment is also expected to name sports-marketing executives from the United States and South America who are accused of paying more than $150 million in bribes and kickbacks in exchange for media deals associated with major soccer tournaments, according to one government official briefed on the matter.

The law enforcement official said the soccer officials charged are Jeffrey Webb, Eugenio Figueredo, Jack Warner, Eduardo Li, Julio Rocha, Costas Takkas, Rafael Esquivel, José Maria Marin and Nicolás Leoz.

Charges were also expected against the sports-marketing executives Alejandro Burzaco, Aaron Davidson, Hugo Jinkis and Mariano Jinkis. Authorities also charged José Margulies as an intermediary who facilitated illegal payments.

“We’re struck by just how long this went on for and how it touched nearly every part of what FIFA did,” said a law enforcement official. “It just seemed to permeate every element of the federation and was just their way of doing business. It seems like this corruption was institutionalized.”

The Justice Department, the F.B.I. and FIFA did not have any immediate comment.

The arrests were a startling blow to FIFA, a multibillion-dollar organization that governs the world’s most popular sport but has been plagued by accusations of bribery for decades.

The inquiry is also a major threat to Sepp Blatter, FIFA’s longtime president who is generally recognized as the most powerful person in sports, though he was not charged. He has for years acted as a de facto head of state. Politicians, star players, national soccer officials and global corporations that want their brands attached to the sport have long genuflected before him.

An election, seemingly pre-ordained to give Mr. Blatter a fifth term as president, is scheduled for Friday.
The case is the most significant yet for United States Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch, who took office last month. She previously served as the United States attorney in Brooklyn, where she supervised the FIFA investigation. Ms. Lynch and F.B.I. Director James Comey were expected to hold a news conference on Wednesday morning in New York.

With more than $1.5 billion in reserves, FIFA is as much a global financial conglomerate as a sports organization. With countries around the world competing aggressively to win the bid to host the World Cup, Mr. Blatter has commanded the fealty of anyone who wanted a piece of that revenue stream. He and FIFA have weathered corruption controversies in the past, but none involved charges of federal crimes in United States court.

United States law gives the Justice Department wide authority to bring cases against foreign nationals living abroad, an authority that prosecutors have used repeatedly in international terrorism cases. Those cases can hinge on the slightest connection to the United States, like the use of an American bank or Internet service provider.

Switzerland’s treaty with the United States is unusual in that it gives Swiss authorities the power to refuse extradition for tax crimes, but on matters of general criminal law, the Swiss have agreed to turn people over for prosecution in American courts.

Critics of FIFA point to the lack of transparency regarding executive salaries and resource allocations for an organization that, by its own admission, had revenue of $5.7 billion from 2011 to 2014. Policy decisions are also often taken without debate or explanation, and a small group of officials — known as the executive committee — operates with outsize power. FIFA has for years functioned with little oversight and even less transparency. Alexandra Wrage, a governance consultant who once unsuccessfully attempted to help overhaul FIFA’s methods, famously labeled the organization “byzantine and impenetrable.”

Law enforcement officials said much of the inquiry involves Concacaf, one of the six regional confederations that compose FIFA. Concacaf — which stands for Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football — includes major countries like the United States and Mexico, and also tiny ones like Barbados and Montserrat.

According to the indictment, several international soccer events were tainted by bribes and kickbacks involving media and marketing rights: World Cup qualifiers in the Concacaf region; the Gold Cup; the Concacaf Champions League; the Copa América; and the Copa Libertadores. The indictment also claims that bribes and kickbacks were found in connection with the selection of the host country for the 2010 World Cup.

Concacaf was led from 1990 to 2011 by Mr. Warner, the longtime head of Trinidad & Tobago’s federation. A key powerbroker in FIFA’s governing executive committee, Mr. Warner had been dogged by accusations of corruption. He was accused of illegally profiting from the resale of tickets to the 2006 World Cup, and of withholding the bonuses of the Trinidad players who participated in that tournament.

Mr. Warner resigned his positions in FIFA, Concacaf and his national association in 2011 amid mounting evidence that he had been part of an attempt to buy the votes of Caribbean federation officials in the 2010 FIFA presidential election. A 2013 Concacaf report also found that he had received tens of millions of dollars in misappropriated funds.'

But according to the rules of FIFA at the time, Mr. Warner’s resignation led to the immediate closure of all ethics committee cases against him. “The presumption of innocence is maintained,” FIFA said in a short statement announcing his departure.

Michael S. Schmidt and Sam Borden reported from Zurich; Matt Apuzzo from Washington; and William K. Rashbaum from New York.

Football / Re: Warriors suffer another humiliating defeat.
« on: September 08, 2010, 04:52:44 AM »
shit sides get shit results.plain and simple

If we have to go off of our style of play and our skill level, which league u think will most benefit/compliment trini players.

doesnt latas speak portugese and learnt it there? knowing the language of the country helps the player immensely, i dont think anyone could deny that. i think players from tt are too heavily focused on playing in england because it negates them having to learn a different language. even gay who is playing in germany, will most likely if hes there for a number of years, would want to learn german.
I agree....the majority of them are geographically retarded and not exposed to anything except epl. sad part is going off of their skill level, understanding of the game fitness etc...None of the current bunch WILL EVER MAKE IT IN THE EPL. EVEEEEEEEEER. so they need to get agents like hyland and creep b4 they walk.

Football / Re: See what we missing?
« on: June 20, 2010, 11:40:09 AM »
and no we not doing nuttin like new zealand bcuz bleeder still is in my ntl team....we are a shit side with a shit coach with no plans. But i support my team blindly  ;D

Football / Re: Spurs set sights on Hyland
« on: June 19, 2010, 12:46:48 AM »
that 7mil price tag have me leaning more to believing its a team like juventus after him.....i could be dead wrong but i just going off the fact that they are looking for quality players and not necessarily household names, hylands age and the position he plays.

actually...i dont believe its juventus...i wud have known by now..besides..our centre midfield is cluttered as is (not necessarily with quality) and plus there is mention of kwadwo asamoah(big player!)...the thing is eh that the transfer directors across serie a have such a good eye for young talent that it cud be anyone of udinese palermo sampdoria genoa cagliari catania...i think its between the first 4....

Just saw on a pompey board someone asking about him being at zulte and mentioning that it is genoa interested in him. Can't take everything that u read as gospel but if it is true it really would be a nice move for him.

Football / Re: Spurs set sights on Hyland
« on: June 16, 2010, 01:17:06 PM »
that 7mil price tag have me leaning more to believing its a team like juventus after him.....i could be dead wrong but i just going off the fact that they are looking for quality players and not necessarily household names, hylands age and the position he plays.

Football / Re: Spurs set sights on Hyland
« on: June 16, 2010, 03:59:56 AM »

Hyland unhappy with price tag
Belgians scare off Italians with £7million valuation

Khaleem Hyland's agent has accused Zulte Waregem of pricing him out of a move to Italy.

An unnamed Serie A club are believed to have tabled an offer for the Trinidad & Tobago midfielder.

The Italian side have held talks with Zulte, but have been scared off by the Belgian club's £7million valuation of the player.

Hyland's agent, Steve Davies, fears Zulte may be pricing the 20-year-old out of a dream move to Serie A with their valuation, but he remains a confident a deal can be struck.

"I am a bit surprised and disappointed that Zulte value Khaleem at £7million," Davies told

"Although Khaleem is a very good player and will prove a good investment I believe they are trying to price clubs out of a move for him.

"I am disappointed Zulte spoke to the Italian club as we have a verbal understanding that any negotiations will be done with me and me alone.

"I am also not too worried about the price-tag Zulte have on Khaleem as we have clauses in his contract.

"A lot of agents have been ringing me up about Khaleem but it is up to any interested club to contact Zulte and then they will contact me as we have a verbal agreement that they will tell me first if a club has come in for Khaleem and then we will sit down and discuss things."

Football / Re: Spurs set sights on Hyland
« on: June 15, 2010, 09:41:01 PM »
Sounding like de transfer rumours now reach Turkey...
as Galatasaray was already rumoured to be interested

yea its already been said that 2bids from gala in the region of 2mil euro turned down for the summer already...Tottenham was next in line but now apparently Serie A club/clubs are the front runners for his signature

Football / Re: Spurs set sights on Hyland
« on: June 13, 2010, 01:11:56 PM »
Who could this team be, any guesses?  ???

lol my 3 wild guesses r....Juve,Sampdoria,Palermo

we are a shit side and all shit sides get plenty goals and make plenty highlights.... real talk

Football / Re: The most hated T&T Pro League Team.
« on: June 12, 2010, 06:13:30 PM »
ditto on the ma pau

Football / Re: Spurs set sights on Hyland
« on: June 10, 2010, 10:56:18 PM »
I don't think Spurs is the right move for him... he'll get a chance to "develop" where... on the practice field?  Championship ball?

The money might be nicer in the short term as Prem squads are loaded with cash... but if this Mr. Davies really thinking long term the Italy move might make a whole lot more sense.

I concur with the Italy conclusion. Serie A is a vast spread, but in principle I agree.

To Hyland: Belated b'day greetings.

If by "a vast spread" you mean the lack of parity from top to bottom I wholeheartedly agree... I think Serie A is more to his natural talents I think.  My concern with England is that the English game isn't very kind to shifty midfield players, they tend to draw a lot of fouls and little protection from the refs.

Precisely what I meant. And, that's not necessarily a bad thing. In fact, it could be used to one's advantage in bulding a career.

Here's a question for anybody: what team would be Spurs' equivalent in Serie A?

The reference by Spidey to  Silvio Spann is interesting. What does that say for the future of our soccer? And, how does it gel with the experience of a player like Cristian Zapata?

i agree that the serie A would be a better move for him at this point in time, the Italian league has given many "unknown" talents an opportunity to show their skills. i believe the epl move would only benefit his agent more than it would him, but football is a funny game so we never know how things will play out but all in all i wish him the best and i will support him wherever he goes.

I share this perspective.

Spurs equivalent in Serie A at the moment id say sampdoria/fiorentina/napoli

Football / Re: Spurs set sights on Hyland
« on: June 08, 2010, 09:48:14 AM »
i agree that the serie A would be a better move for him at this point in time, the Italian league has given many "unknown" talents an opportunity to show their skills. i believe the epl move would only benefit his agent more than it would him, but football is a funny game so we never know how things will play out but all in all i wish him the best and i will support him wherever he goes.

Football / Re: 2010 Pro League Results.
« on: April 26, 2010, 02:14:06 PM »
Ma pau vs Joe Public highlights

Football / Tv6 digicel pro league deal
« on: April 23, 2010, 06:58:13 AM »
Ok so this morning i hear dexter skeene on the radio talking about a deal the league have with tv6. Anybody know if they bringing any of the games live today?? i not in trinidad at the moment but i notice there is a stream llink on the pro league website

Football / Re: 2010 Pro League Fixtures.
« on: April 10, 2010, 08:20:11 AM »
This Pro League adminstration does act like everything does take them by they didn't know that the teams would be participating in the CONCACAF games.
I wonder if they didn't consider postponing a couple of the Jabloteh and JP games closer to their CONCACAF games and then play make-up games later in the season.  Both teams mighta be able to sharpen their skills and better prepare under the pressure of the league games.  ???
U expect ne thing better from them??? is a guessing game for them, they have no clue what they doing.

I glad you ignore it ... wouldnt want yuh to get a headache thinking too much ... it really quite simple I wasnt comparing the salaries per say ... but trinidad's cost of living is much higher obviously and what would seem a decent salary in trinidad is well below a smilar type league poverty level salary type such as the mls ....because obviously yuh cyah compare it to the epl ..... which mean nuff men might be getting much less so basically it come down to money .... men hitting the minor leagues because they wah lil more money. I'd hate to think that grown men would do it to impress a "smalley".... I mean we cyah really be that backward ,... can we?

you living in trinidad currently??? anyway to answer u....yes dem fellas in d local league dat backwards dem not playing in d minor league for no real financial gain. it sad but true

It amazes me as to how men could even get paid in this pro league there is absolutley no money coming in for sponsors to support teams then they have to go in with the mindset off the bat that there is no money to be made at all because they just paying men with no sign of any money coming in from the gate receipts or even TV money. A SPONSOR HAVE TO GO IN WITH THE PLAN TO GET SOMETHING OUT OF IT thats the nature of profit and loss..... for this league to blast off they need to market the hell out of this league with lil incentives to make people wanna come. Grown man not rushing that league so market the kids  reduced prices and lil halftime extrvagnazas to make things interesting the only people looking up to ball right now is the young kids .... I mean this is off the top of my head..... realistically there is no benefit in playing in this league to be honest from a financial or economic point of view.... sadly :(

Ngozi you thinking with yuh head being in the US and not in trinidad. first of all, leh we be serious, which one of those minor leagues have insurance to cover any pro getting injured? this aint minor leagues in the US where every player has some kinda basic insurance coverage, hence why man have to pay fees before they can play in US minor leagues. When teams pay to play in minor leagues in T&T, its to go to paying the officials (watever small money they getting), if they have to rent the fields, prize money, and the rest going in the pocket of the organizer or association. So any injury comes out of the clubs pocket, which is unfair for them to have to pay.

Also, we talking about 5000TT salary and crying it down. First things first, we cant compare 5000tt to 5000us. Due to the cost of living and conditions in both countries, the monies should not be compared. For example, food dam expensive in T&T as compared to the US. However, transportation is more expensive in the US than in T&T. When I was at Joe Public, Jack purchased some villas in the back of Tunapuna for players to stay, rent free. Im not sure how many clubs offering this, but really how many pro players paying mortgage? Dont get me wrong, im not saying its a big set ah money, but dont make it out to seem like thats sufferation money. Now if you want to go Zen every week and blow ah grand everytime yuh set foot in there, have yuh car rims out and plenting money behind ah set ah gyal, then yeh you must suffer! As Weary said, where else most of these players going to find another job paying them that kinda money. It have plenty people in T&T not even seeing that kinda money but they raising children and putting them through school. I'm not going to give our supposed pro players that crutch to use saying that d money aint enough so they have to go play monior league.

I fully agree with the stance the clubs are taking. Fine dem, ban dem, transfer list dem! Soon, some players might have to pay back signing bonus like they doing in the NFL too. If we dont enforce the law that league will be in the toilet very shortly. These players want all kinda thing from the club and their administrators, from the league, from sponsors, from the government, but what they going to bring to the table? They go into negotiation for their contracts and ask for one set ah ting, clubs do their best to accomodate these players and u go disrespect the hand that feeding you by playing in a minor league sweat? I have no sympathy for them. It have players who would give an arm and a leg to play in their shoes and they take that opportunity and waste it for ah village gyal or a box of KFC or $150-$200? Nonsense.

I ignore ngozi point from d time he convert to US and start thinking cost of living out there and all that

Football / Re: Hamilton Accies release Marvin Andrews
« on: January 28, 2010, 12:56:44 PM »
pro league time

Football / Re: 2010 T&T Pro League player movements
« on: December 26, 2009, 09:36:23 AM »

Football / Re: Toffees 'to land Donovan'
« on: December 11, 2009, 06:56:52 AM »
Under all that talk...most if not all of alyuh going and chook him een alyuh fantasy league squad.

Donovan fact he better than everybody on the current TT team.

Doh hate on him cause he is a yank or he hairline receding.

ditto.....he better than everybody on we ntl team that playing in an attacking position and he probably better at defending than our defenders too lololol, so yea i agree he is def better dan ANY current soca warrior

Football / Re: InterCol quarter-final round games today (17-Nov-09).
« on: November 17, 2009, 12:53:13 PM »
is the qrc game coming on radio?

Football / Re: Marlon King questioned about alleged assault on woman
« on: November 02, 2009, 12:46:27 PM »
as a trini living in ja i find we does rel pay attn to ja news .Jamaica doesnt give a f**k about trinidad in ANY shape or form they don't show our games on tv congratulate us wen we do good or bad or ne thing as a matter of fact they always find reasons to hate on tnt......mind u Most jamaicans dont kno anything about trinidad. so what i want to kno is why we care if thirst man marlon king is going to jail he is not trini y is this news important>? is he going to sign for a pfl team or something when he comes out of jail? if not y the f**k is this thread so long

Football / Re: Qrc v mucurapo score?
« on: September 30, 2009, 06:24:30 PM »
Heard we lost 3-0


Football / Re: Noel Williams,what allyuh think?
« on: August 26, 2009, 01:55:14 AM »
Fellas what alyuh seeing in Peltier?

I seeing a weak player with no speed, he have a lil beat in him but no end product.

Enlighten me.

But then again...he get contacrt from portsmouth and went on plenty trial including arsenal so they must be see something.

Either that or he teammates does make him look bad.

Geh yuh eyes check breds!!
Killa i could tell you livin in trini, BC yuh always bating for them local boys anytime ah man critique them.

Well da means me, killa and alot of other ppl mixing up peltier with another person.....bcuz somehow the person they callin peltier in the games i watch on tv and the games i watch live have rel speed lolol....anyway peltier has alot of potential but needs a Quality experienced player alongside him...

Football / Re: Where would you like to see Yorke play.
« on: August 21, 2009, 10:44:47 AM »
i say PFL. but i eh know wha he salary demands is. might be too much to pay.

Yea but i know we doh have many smart ppl in leadership positions in trinidad but i doh see why the pfl teams doh approach a sponsor to pay yorke salary in return for endorsements. yorke salary should not be anything outlandish bcuz `1) he is 37 , 2) he givin back to his country(like so many Brazilians and Argentinians do)...... 3) he not going an find no club to give him no big money right now.

Come on blink/jabloteh give d man $100,000tt over 2 seasons an let him do som ads for allyuh lolol

Football / Re: Dennis Lawrence heads to Jabloteh
« on: August 21, 2009, 08:44:44 AM »
This is good it will help the league alot, i wish yorke and co would end their careers in the pfl it would only help the younger players to get better.

Football / Re: Zamora and Samuel issue an apology to T&T
« on: August 07, 2009, 08:50:40 AM »
If i born in trinidad and my mother born in guyana....and guyana call me up i going to say NO. Who d f**k wud give up a chance to play for england to come an play for trinidad, stop toting so much feelings about the situation  :rotfl:

Football / Re: pro league results
« on: June 16, 2009, 08:25:03 PM »

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