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« Reply #570 on: February 26, 2016, 01:02:08 AM »
US Soccer has announced that it is sticking with Prince Ali for the upcoming vote (they backed him last year). One wondered whether they would.

With the decision to back Ali, there is a telling modicum of consistency in US Soccer's position. Also says a lot about what is happening behind the scenes that the US is not aligning with some of its allies in Europe. The second round of voting should be a blast.
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« Reply #571 on: February 26, 2016, 01:03:32 AM »
Deeks said after Jack Warner CFU, CONCACAF and FIFA eh go want nutten to do with a Trini, but here we are after Blatter (Swiss) and Infantino (also Swiss) is deep in the mix. Different folks, different strokes? Or it doh matter?

I meant to say that no Trini will ever get into position of power in FiFa ever again

In my view, that's an overstatement of the relevance of nationality. Despite its structural demerits, there is enough to suggest that the environment of global football administration is more sophisticated than that.

What needs to occur to avoid the outcome you suggest ... is for us to choose sophisticated brokers and stewards locally as football administrators. If we do that locally with success, it will transmit regionally and beyond. That's the template for not ceding influence and for not being relegated to the margins. It's also the template for kicking stereotypes to the curb. The people we put forward must mirror our collective conscience and the best of our values.

Although FIFA exhibits some of the common pathologies of large global institutions, inescapable internal reforms offer the prospect that new players are not branded with the same iron that branded the fathers (the JWs) for their indiscretions. But we, as people interested and invested in football, have to insist on high standards and expectations within our local game ... not just lip service. We have to actually hold people accountable, not merely talk about doing so.

Local football in T&T can't continue to be run as if it is 12:01 am on August, 31, 1962. Trading a foreign oppressor for a local oppressor does not move the ball up the field. For as many of the valuable introductions Sepp Blatter made to football globally, he also exploited his understanding of how local oppressors acquiesce to European presumptions regarding the rest of the world.

One of FIFA's issues has not merely been corrupt practices ... it also has been how Blatter figured out how to configure global football as a plantation in which he could make sharecroppers out of some, serfs out of others, and tithing lords out of willing and benefiting accomplices.

We still get a seat at the table, but we have to boot the cannibalistic model off the field. It starts today with what we vote in Zurich.
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Re: FIFA News Thread.
« Reply #572 on: February 26, 2016, 05:31:09 AM »
Corneal says Champagne best for football.
By Walter Alibey (Guardian).


Although UEFA secretary general Gianni Infantino appears to be in a two-way battle with Sheik Salman Bin Ebrihim Al Khalif, in the FIFA Presidential election today in Zurich, Alvin Corneal, a technical advisor at the world governing body, feels that Jerome Champagne is the  man whom the region ought to have thrown its support behind.

Apart from the pair, Infantino will also face Prince Ali Hussein and Tokyo Sexwale to head the governing body for world football.

Corneal, who wears a number of caps in the sport, from ex player to coach, commentators, instructor and now advisor believes Champagne, a Frenchman, has what it takes to take the sport further. “He is passionate about the sport and has the will to stamp out corruption within it, a stance he made at the last election in which he pulled out of the race in the midst of widespread allegations of corruption” Corneal stated.

Corneal noted that the sport has been mired in corruption and politics which have led to its current state. He was adamant that none of the other candidates appear genuine in their manifestos.

Of main concern is the benefit that Caribbean islands and the Concacaf will gain from the result today, saying as he examined the manifestos he was sure that only Champagne will ensure that all member countries  receive assistance, both financially and otherwise.

According to Corneal: “I think all those other countries have become bitter with the Caribbean and Concacaf because of desperate attempts by Blatter—who was suspended by the FIFA, along with Michele Platini —the UEFA president after being found guilty of wrongdoings by a FIFA Independent Ethics Committee, to ensure that poorer countries were assisted with their development.   

Countries were initially given US$500, 000 subvention but this amount was increased to US$750, 000 to include both men and women’s football. However this will not be given to the T&T Football Association which is being led by David John-Williams after FIFA ordered that accounts of the association’s books be submitted if it were to receive the funding. Corneal believes the entire Concacaf and Caribbean faced being sidelined if anyone else but Champagne should emerge victorious today.

T&TFA president David John-Williams was reported as saying he supported Infantino but Corneal said such a decision will have more consequences than benefits. “It was a decision that could hurt Caribbean football. If all islands are being made to vote independently, it would mean we would lost our bargaining power in voting which people such as Jack Warner and others fought for in the past,” Corneal said.

Contacted Warner said he was not interested in what happens at the elections. “I do not watch, go, or even speak about football after spending almost 30 years in the sport, and to be treated the way I was,” Warner said.

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Soccer Leaders to Elect New FIFA President.
By Graham Dunbar & Rob Harris (AP).


Soccer leaders prepared to elect a new FIFA president on Friday, with Asian confederation head Sheikh Salman of Bahrain the favorite to succeed Sepp Blatter.

Voting was scheduled to begin after 1300 GMT following speeches by the five candidates. No candidate is expected to win in the first round, where 138 votes from the 207 eligible voters are needed for victory.

Sheikh Salman, backed by most voters in Asia and Africa, would likely have the momentum for victory if he gets at least 104 votes. That would be a winning simple majority in the second round.

Gianni Infantino of Switzerland, the general secretary of European governing body UEFA, is expected to be the Bahraini royal's main rival.

The other candidates are: Prince Ali of Jordan, who conceded to Blatter after a first-round vote last year; former FIFA official Jerome Champagne of France; and Tokyo Sexwale, a South African businessman and former anti-apartheid activist.

"You do not deserve leadership marked by controversy ... empty promises, fear and condemnation," Prince Ali said in the first address by the candidates.

Blatter was re-elected for a fifth term in May but, amid escalating corruption scandals, bowed to pressure four days later and announced he would resign. Blatter was subsequently banned for six years for financial mismanagement and was absent Friday after 40 years as a fixture at FIFA meetings.

Before electing FIFA's first new president since 1998, 87 percent of the 207 voting federations passed wide-ranging reforms to protect against corruption and curb the powers of its new president.

Those include preventing presidents from serving more than three four-year terms, reducing their powers and guaranteeing more independent oversight for FIFA's decision-making and spending. The executive committee will be renamed the FIFA Council with more female members while there will be stricter integrity checks will also control top officials.

The vote was taken after the Palestine federation argued for a delay to let the new president lead the process. Blatter ordered the reform review in June after American and Swiss federal investigations hit FIFA.

FIFA and its lawyers hope the reform will help show U.S. prosecutors the soccer body is serious about changing its culture, and protect its status as a victim in the American investigation.

Still, the new era FIFA hopes for will not easily escape the fallout from Blatter's scandal-hit leadership.

"We will set up a FIFA that is more transparent," interim president Issa Hayatou said in a speech. "It will win back the respect of everybody throughout the world."

Sheikh Salman has been the most criticized and scrutinized candidate through the four-month campaign.

The 50-year-old former Bahrain soccer federation president has strongly denied claims that, after Arab Spring protests in 2011, he helped identify national team players to be detained. They later alleged abuse and torture by government security forces.

The winner of Friday's vote will become the ninth elected president in FIFA's 112-year history.

The new president will inherit financial problems provoked by the corruption crisis, and ailing staff morale, detailed by acting secretary general Markus Kattner.

"We are currently $550 million behind our goals," Kattner said, reminding of a conservative budget target of $5 billion revenue from the 2018 World Cup in Russia. "(There is) general uncertainty that is affecting morale of the FIFA team."

FIFA has not signed any new World Cup sponsors since the 2014 tournament in Brazil, and has acknowledged that potential deals were on hold until after the election.

FIFA will publish its 2015 financial report next month. It is expected to show a loss of at least $100 million, dropping cash reserves to $1.4 billion.

Fifa president: Who are the election candidates? When is the vote? How does it work?
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Everything you need to know ahead of the Fifa extraordinary congress on Friday where Sepp Blatter's successor as president will be determined

Who are the candidates?

Gianni Infantino, 45, Italian/Swiss

Uefa general secretary, joined in 2000 as a lawyer

“Fundamental reforms must be at the heart of Fifa to ensure that it regains the trust of both the football world and the wider public. These reforms need to be structural but also cultural in nature. In this respect, Fifa must demonstrate that it has the strength and determination to reform itself into a modern, well governed, institution which is a worthy leader for the world’s number one sport.”

Headline policy: Expanding the World Cup to upwards of 40 nations, ensuring less reputable football countries are represented.

Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al-Khalifa, 50, Bahraini

Asian Football Confederation president and Fifa vice-president

“My track record demonstrates that I can be relied upon to serve associations and the global football community with distinction and to lead Fifa through this critical transition. Starting out as a player, I then worked my way up through the ranks of the Bahrain Football Association to become president. Consequently, I fully understand the daily realities and difficulties faced by associations, clubs and players in everyday football.”

Headline policy: Splitting Fifa into two entities, one for commercial practises and another for footballing operations.

Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, 40, Jordanian

President of Jordan Football Association and founder and president of the West Asian Football Federation, former Fifa vice-president

“I know well the challenges faced every day to develop football in countries around the world. I also know Fifa well from the inside, having served as Fifa vice-president and as a member of both the Fifa executive committee and the AFC executive committee for the past four years. Most importantly, I am a straight-forward person with straight-forward ideas and ethics — a person who loves our sport. I believe in uncompromising integrity. In good leadership. In fair play. In a service oriented approach. And in hard work.”

Headline policy: Total development of football around the world, quadrupling the amount of money member associations receive to increase sustainability.

Jerome Champagne, 57, French

Consultant in international football, a former diplomat who worked at Fifa as an executive and advisor to Sepp Blatter for 11 years

“In my view, and as I've written and said many times, we must continue and further improve what has been done well under the mandates of presidents [Joao] Havelange and [Sepp] Blatter: implement development programs, organize Fifa competitions on every continent, and take the correct sports policy decisions (e.g. the exclusion of South Africa because of apartheid in 1976). But we must do more. We must do better. Above all, we must do it differently.”

Headline policy: Strengthening the role of national associations, involving leagues, clubs and players in the decision-making process.

Tokyo Sexwale, 62, South African

Mining businessman, anti-apartheid campaigner and ex-member of the Fifa anti-discrimination task force

“All this occurs in the midst of unprecedented action by law enforcement agencies against several leaders of FIfa. As a presidential candidate, I fully understand that these are difficult times for Fifa, which demands extraordinary and resolute leadership. These events, do not mean the death knell of football, the biggest sport in the world played since time immemorial and still to be played for many generations to come.”

Headline policy: Growing and developing football worldwide, enhancing all nations not just the recognised 'bigger' countries.

How will it work?

Fifa’s 207 eligable member states (Kuwait and Indonesia are excluded) will be invited to vote in alphabetical order in a secret ballot from midday. Prince Ali has called for the governing body to use transparent voting booths after claims some candidates photographed their ballots in the 2015 election - which saw outgoing Swiss president Blatter defeat the Jordanian - to inform interested parties of who they were supporting.

In the first round, there will only be a winner if one candidate secures more than two-thirds of the votes. This appears unlikely, however, owing to the voting habits of various regions, meaning just a straight majority would be enough in the second round of voting.

If there remains a need for a third round to be held, the candidate with the lowest amount of votes in the previous round will be eliminated.

The afternoon’s preliminary agenda has been revealed on Fifa’s website and goes as follows; Welcome, roll call, appointment of scrutineers, suspension or expulsion of a member, approval of the agenda, appointment of the agenda, appointment of five members to check the minutes, president’s address, reform of Fifa’s organisational structure, vote on proposals for amendments to Fifa’s statutes, election of replacement of members or judicial bodies, election of the president and, finally, the president’s closing remarks. In short, it’s going to be a long day, but one which aims to outline how Fifa will deal with accusations of corruption in the new era regardless of who is elected.

Each candidate will have an allotted 15 minutes to address the congregation. It is hoped that voting will commence at around 1.30pm on Friday afternoon but these events are renowned for delays. It is within the bounds of reality, for example, for the various rounds of voting to last into the early evening.

What about the proposed reforms?

Before the presidential election takes place, the 207 eligable Fifa nations will gather for the extraordinary congress to agree and finalise a set of reforms which, it is hoped, will eradicate the chances of another corruption scandal engulfing the organisation. Chiefly among the planned proposals is the intention to set fixed terms for officials and set the benchmark for full disclosure of the payment structure at Fifa.

It is expected that the executive committee will be replaced by a 36-member council designed to set global policies and include at least six female representatives. The proposals need to be approved by at least 75 per cent of the members to be passed.

Before the election in the summer of 2015, arrests were made at the request of the United States Department of Justice. Many remain under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in co-ordination with Swiss authorities, over corruption allegedly involving more than $150m (£98m) worth of bribes dating back 24 years.

On Wednesday, Blatter and former Uefa counterpart Michel Platini saw their appeals against eight-year bans, for a "disloyal payment" of £1.3m between the pair, rejected but their suspensions were reduced from eight to six years by Fifa's appeals committee.

The candidates' manifestos

Gianni Infantino: Uefa general secretary, supported by the Football Association.

Prince Ali Al Hussein: Fifa vice-president, runner-up in the previous election.

Salman Bin Ibrahim Al-Khalifa: president of the Asian Football Confederation.

Jerome Champagne: former executive at Fifa from 1999 to 2010.

Tokyo Sexwale: South African businessman.

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« Reply #573 on: February 26, 2016, 06:47:08 AM »
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« Reply #574 on: February 26, 2016, 06:50:31 AM »
FIFA Congress approves landmark reforms
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FIFA’s member associations have today approved a package of landmark reforms that pave the way for significant improvements to the governance of global football, including a clear separation of commercial and political decision-making, greater scrutiny of senior officials, and commitments to promoting women in football and human rights.

The reforms were supported by 179 of the 207 member associations present and eligible to vote at the Extraordinary Congress in Zurich. The Congress will also elect a new FIFA President.

The reforms were based on proposals made by the 2016 FIFA Reform Committee and the subsequent recommendations put before the Congress by the Executive Committee in the form of draft FIFA Statutes. They represent an essential step towards the modernisation of FIFA’s institutional culture in key areas such as the clear separation of political and management functions, term limits, the disclosure of individual compensation, greater recognition and promotion of women in football and a commitment to enshrining human rights in the FIFA Statutes. Furthermore, they include statutory principles of good governance for member associations and confederations, such as compulsory annual independent audit reports as well as independent judicial bodies to ensure a separation of powers on all levels of football structures.

“We stand united in our determination to put things right, so that the focus can return to football once again,” said Acting FIFA President Issa Hayatou. “The hard work of restoring trust and improving how we work begins now.”

“This will create a system of stronger governance and greater diversity that will give football a strong foundation on which to thrive. It will help to restore trust in our organisation. And it will deter future wrongdoing.”

The main aspects of the approved reforms have been incorporated into an amended version of the FIFA Statutes. A summary of the approved reforms is available here.

In accordance with art. 29 of the current edition of the FIFA Statutes, the statutory amendments passed today will come into effect for the members 60 days after the close of the Congress.
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« Reply #576 on: February 26, 2016, 07:12:07 AM »
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« Reply #577 on: February 26, 2016, 09:12:33 AM »
First Round Ballot

Prince Ali  27 votes
Sheik Salman 85 votes
Jerome Champagne 7 votes
Gianni Infantino 88 votes

(Kuwait and Indonesia are ineligible to vote). Total votes cast=207.
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« Reply #578 on: February 26, 2016, 09:23:27 AM »
So will the second round consist of voting for the top two candidates?

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« Reply #579 on: February 26, 2016, 09:28:10 AM »
So will the second round consist of voting for the top two candidates?

All candidates are eligible to proceed to the Second Ballot. None of the candidates have withdrawn.
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« Reply #580 on: February 26, 2016, 10:04:18 AM »
For the first round to win you needed 2/3 majority. 138 out of 207 votes. For the second one someone just needs a simple majority rather than two-thirds. So either Sheikh Salman or Infantino needs to inch to 104 votes to seal it on this round, or else we lose the person in last place and go on, and on, and on, and on...
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« Reply #581 on: February 26, 2016, 11:05:55 AM »
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« Reply #582 on: February 26, 2016, 11:13:12 AM »
So DJW back the right horse. Hopefully Infantino will follow through and help with the creation of the Caribbean Super League.

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« Reply #584 on: February 26, 2016, 12:51:54 PM »
So DJW back the right horse. Hopefully Infantino will follow through and help with the creation of the Caribbean Super League.

As a matter of first priority ... hopefully, he can facilitate in resolving our funding problem.

(What did he have to say about the CSL?)
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« Reply #585 on: February 26, 2016, 01:00:44 PM »
To my absolute surprise, at the press conference, Infantino minutes ago mentioned the Caribbean league. Clearly this was part of the bait dangled to secure support.

(Thus far, he has responded to questions in German, Italian, English, French and Spanish ... without any interpretation and was on the verge of doing the same in Portuguese).
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« Reply #586 on: February 26, 2016, 01:52:43 PM »
So DJW back the right horse. Hopefully Infantino will follow through and help with the creation of the Caribbean Super League.

...and Corneal backs the guy (Champagne) who gets zero votes in the 2nd round. Does it suggest that Alvin Corneal is completely void of understanding of World football?
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« Reply #587 on: February 26, 2016, 03:03:03 PM »
To my absolute surprise, at the press conference, Infantino minutes ago mentioned the Caribbean league. Clearly this was part of the bait dangled to secure support.

(Thus far, he has responded to questions in German, Italian, English, French and Spanish ... without any interpretation and was on the verge of doing the same in Portuguese).

Definitely. And we know rightly or wrongly DJW is a strong  backer of the Super League. Hopefully it works out though because I think the creation of a FIFA ran Caribbean League can be extremely helpful to our football.

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« Reply #588 on: February 26, 2016, 06:46:28 PM »
Shaka all over ESPN with this, from ESPN to ESPN 2, even on ESPN News... For all you know he might be on ESPN Deportees as well

Good for him though, take advantage of the opportunity and become a prominent figure on the network.

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« Reply #589 on: February 26, 2016, 09:53:59 PM »
really was disappointed with DJW when he supported Infantino early but it proved to be the right decision. Kudos to him, this right decision could proved very fruitful.

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« Reply #590 on: February 27, 2016, 07:20:39 AM »
Where David mind is?

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« Reply #591 on: March 02, 2016, 11:02:51 PM »
What items do we have in the FIFA Museum? The Barbados FA has an article online about their items on display.
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FIFA Match Agent Pleads Guilty in U.S. to Corruption Charges
By David Voreacos and Christie Smythe, Bloomberg.


A Colombian soccer consultant pleaded guilty to paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to officials who awarded media and marketing rights, admitting he used sham contracts and Panamanian bank accounts to cover his tracks.

Miguel Trujillo, 65, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, where he was the 13th of 40 people charged to have admitted guilt in a U.S. crackdown on soccer corruption in the Americas. Prosecutors say soccer officials and business executives paid more than $200 million in bribes for media and marketing rights to tournaments, World Cup siting votes and elections at FIFA, the sport’s governing body.

In pleading guilty, Trujillo admitted paying bribes to help two marketing companies, Traffic Sports USA Inc. and Media World LLC, win rights to tournaments. Those events were staged by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, or Concacaf; regional soccer federations; and national federations in Central America and the Caribbean.

He said he paid the bribes in advance of the World Cup qualifiers in 2014, 2018 and 2022 for Central American soccer federations.

He and his co-conspirators “often used sham contracts and invoices in an effort to disguise the true nature of these transactions,” Trujillo said in court.

Earlier Pleas

Trujillo’s admissions buttressed earlier guilty pleas by Traffic Group founder Jose Hawilla and former Traffic USA Chief Executive Officer Fabio Tordin; Media World’s former CEO, Roger Huguet; and Concacaf’s ex-president Jeffrey Webb. Trujillo said he conspired with those three and 10 others not identified by name in court documents.

Trujillo said he used several small companies he ran and Panamanian bank accounts to help move bribes through a labyrinth. One $80,000 payment moved from his company account at Multibank Inc. in Panama to a Bank of America Corp. correspondent account in New York to a Citigroup Inc. account in the name of a Caymanian lawyer, court documents show.

Another payment for $170,000 went from his company’s Multibank account in Panama to a Deutsche Bank AG correspondent account in New York to a Loyal Bank Ltd. account in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. That account was in the name of a British Virgin Islands holding company run by a Concacaf official, court records show.

Match Arranger

Trujillo, a legal permanent resident in Florida, was licensed by FIFA to negotiate and arrange matches between the sport’s national associations, according to a statement from Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers.

Trujillo pleaded guilty to one count of money-laundering conspiracy, two counts of wire-fraud conspiracy, and one count of filing a false tax return. He agreed to forfeit $495,000.

Trujillo’s attorney Joseph Steven Rosenbaum declined to comment after the hearing.

In a separate hearing, the former president of the Venezuelan soccer federation, Rafael Esquivel, made his first appearance in federal court. Esquivel was extradited from Switzerland, where he was one of seven soccer officials arrested last May.

He pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy, wire-fraud conspiracy and money-laundering conspiracy.

The case is U.S. v. Trujillo, 16-cr-108, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).
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« Reply #595 on: March 16, 2016, 08:48:42 AM »
FIFA Match Agent Pleads Guilty in U.S. to Corruption Charges
By David Voreacos and Christie Smythe, Bloomberg.


A Colombian soccer consultant pleaded guilty to paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to officials who awarded media and marketing rights, admitting he used sham contracts and Panamanian bank accounts to cover his tracks.

Miguel Trujillo, 65, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, where he was the 13th of 40 people charged to have admitted guilt in a U.S. crackdown on soccer corruption in the Americas. Prosecutors say soccer officials and business executives paid more than $200 million in bribes for media and marketing rights to tournaments, World Cup siting votes and elections at FIFA, the sport’s governing body.

In pleading guilty, Trujillo admitted paying bribes to help two marketing companies, Traffic Sports USA Inc. and Media World LLC, win rights to tournaments. Those events were staged by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, or Concacaf; regional soccer federations; and national federations in Central America and the Caribbean.

He said he paid the bribes in advance of the World Cup qualifiers in 2014, 2018 and 2022 for Central American soccer federations.

He and his co-conspirators “often used sham contracts and invoices in an effort to disguise the true nature of these transactions,” Trujillo said in court.

Earlier Pleas

Trujillo’s admissions buttressed earlier guilty pleas by Traffic Group founder Jose Hawilla and former Traffic USA Chief Executive Officer Fabio Tordin; Media World’s former CEO, Roger Huguet; and Concacaf’s ex-president Jeffrey Webb. Trujillo said he conspired with those three and 10 others not identified by name in court documents.

Trujillo said he used several small companies he ran and Panamanian bank accounts to help move bribes through a labyrinth. One $80,000 payment moved from his company account at Multibank Inc. in Panama to a Bank of America Corp. correspondent account in New York to a Citigroup Inc. account in the name of a Caymanian lawyer, court documents show.

Another payment for $170,000 went from his company’s Multibank account in Panama to a Deutsche Bank AG correspondent account in New York to a Loyal Bank Ltd. account in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. That account was in the name of a British Virgin Islands holding company run by a Concacaf official, court records show.

Match Arranger

Trujillo, a legal permanent resident in Florida, was licensed by FIFA to negotiate and arrange matches between the sport’s national associations, according to a statement from Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers.

Trujillo pleaded guilty to one count of money-laundering conspiracy, two counts of wire-fraud conspiracy, and one count of filing a false tax return. He agreed to forfeit $495,000.

Trujillo’s attorney Joseph Steven Rosenbaum declined to comment after the hearing.

In a separate hearing, the former president of the Venezuelan soccer federation, Rafael Esquivel, made his first appearance in federal court. Esquivel was extradited from Switzerland, where he was one of seven soccer officials arrested last May.

He pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy, wire-fraud conspiracy and money-laundering conspiracy.

The case is U.S. v. Trujillo, 16-cr-108, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

The TTFA had hired Miguel Trujillo to be their official match agent. I think he was the one who got the Uruguay match.

However, I heard that they had to let him go because of this.

Miguel Trujillo is very good friends with Jamal Shabaaz who recommended him to Williams and without doing any research, hired him.


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« Reply #596 on: March 16, 2016, 11:58:55 AM »
http://edition.cnn.com/2016/03/16/football/football-fifa-corruption-compensation/index.html

Here's a different take: http://www.cbc.ca/sports/soccer/fifa-world-cup-bribes-us-1.3493402
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FIFA admits to World Cup hosting bribes — and wants cash back
Soccer's scandal-plagued governing body admits bribes paid in 1998, 2010 bids

While acknowledging for the first time that votes were bought in past World Cup hosting contests, FIFA is seeking to claim "tens of millions of dollars" in bribe money seized by U.S. federal prosecutors.

FIFA submitted a 22-page claim to the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York on Tuesday that seeks a big share in restitution from more than $190 million already forfeited by soccer and marketing officials who pleaded guilty in the sprawling corruption case.

Tens of millions of dollars more is likely to be collected by U.S. authorities when sentences are handed down, and from dozens of officials currently indicted but who have denied bribery charges or are fighting extradition.
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Re: FIFA News Thread.
« Reply #597 on: March 16, 2016, 12:42:37 PM »
FIFA Match Agent Pleads Guilty in U.S. to Corruption Charges
By David Voreacos and Christie Smythe, Bloomberg.


A Colombian soccer consultant pleaded guilty to paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to officials who awarded media and marketing rights, admitting he used sham contracts and Panamanian bank accounts to cover his tracks.

Miguel Trujillo, 65, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, where he was the 13th of 40 people charged to have admitted guilt in a U.S. crackdown on soccer corruption in the Americas. Prosecutors say soccer officials and business executives paid more than $200 million in bribes for media and marketing rights to tournaments, World Cup siting votes and elections at FIFA, the sport’s governing body.

In pleading guilty, Trujillo admitted paying bribes to help two marketing companies, Traffic Sports USA Inc. and Media World LLC, win rights to tournaments. Those events were staged by the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football, or Concacaf; regional soccer federations; and national federations in Central America and the Caribbean.

He said he paid the bribes in advance of the World Cup qualifiers in 2014, 2018 and 2022 for Central American soccer federations.

He and his co-conspirators “often used sham contracts and invoices in an effort to disguise the true nature of these transactions,” Trujillo said in court.

Earlier Pleas

Trujillo’s admissions buttressed earlier guilty pleas by Traffic Group founder Jose Hawilla and former Traffic USA Chief Executive Officer Fabio Tordin; Media World’s former CEO, Roger Huguet; and Concacaf’s ex-president Jeffrey Webb. Trujillo said he conspired with those three and 10 others not identified by name in court documents.

Trujillo said he used several small companies he ran and Panamanian bank accounts to help move bribes through a labyrinth. One $80,000 payment moved from his company account at Multibank Inc. in Panama to a Bank of America Corp. correspondent account in New York to a Citigroup Inc. account in the name of a Caymanian lawyer, court documents show.

Another payment for $170,000 went from his company’s Multibank account in Panama to a Deutsche Bank AG correspondent account in New York to a Loyal Bank Ltd. account in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. That account was in the name of a British Virgin Islands holding company run by a Concacaf official, court records show.

Match Arranger

Trujillo, a legal permanent resident in Florida, was licensed by FIFA to negotiate and arrange matches between the sport’s national associations, according to a statement from Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Robert Capers.

Trujillo pleaded guilty to one count of money-laundering conspiracy, two counts of wire-fraud conspiracy, and one count of filing a false tax return. He agreed to forfeit $495,000.

Trujillo’s attorney Joseph Steven Rosenbaum declined to comment after the hearing.

In a separate hearing, the former president of the Venezuelan soccer federation, Rafael Esquivel, made his first appearance in federal court. Esquivel was extradited from Switzerland, where he was one of seven soccer officials arrested last May.

He pleaded not guilty to racketeering conspiracy, wire-fraud conspiracy and money-laundering conspiracy.

The case is U.S. v. Trujillo, 16-cr-108, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

The TTFA had hired Miguel Trujillo to be their official match agent. I think he was the one who got the Uruguay match.

However, I heard that they had to let him go because of this.

Miguel Trujillo is very good friends with Jamal Shabaaz who recommended him to Williams and without doing any research, hired him.



Sounds like a Tim Kee move.

Just can't believe a man like DJW will believe in a man like Shabaaz.


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« Reply #598 on: March 16, 2016, 01:19:53 PM »
FIFA Match Agent Pleads Guilty in U.S. to Corruption Charges
By David Voreacos and Christie Smythe, Bloomberg.


A Colombian soccer consultant pleaded guilty to paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to officials who awarded media and marketing rights, admitting he used sham contracts and Panamanian bank accounts to cover his tracks.

Miguel Trujillo, 65, entered his plea in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, where he was the 13th of 40 people charged to have admitted guilt in a U.S. crackdown on soccer corruption in the Americas. Prosecutors say soccer officials and business executives paid more than $200 million in bribes for media and marketing rights to tournaments, World Cup siting votes and elections at FIFA, the sport’s governing body.

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The case is U.S. v. Trujillo, 16-cr-108, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn).

The TTFA had hired Miguel Trujillo to be their official match agent. I think he was the one who got the Uruguay match.

However, I heard that they had to let him go because of this.

Miguel Trujillo is very good friends with Jamal Shabaaz who recommended him to Williams and without doing any research, hired him.



Sounds like a Tim Kee move.

Just can't believe a man like DJW will believe in a man like Shabaaz.


Isn't Shabazz supposed to be one of his closest advisors?
And wasn't he appointed to a position as soon as DJW came into power?
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Re: FIFA News Thread.
« Reply #599 on: March 16, 2016, 07:02:49 PM »

The TTFA had hired Miguel Trujillo to be their official match agent. I think he was the one who got the Uruguay match.

However, I heard that they had to let him go because of this.

Miguel Trujillo is very good friends with Jamal Shabaaz who recommended him to Williams and without doing any research, hired him.



I was waiting to see how long it would take for people to connect the dots.


Just can't believe a man like DJW will believe in a man like Shabaaz.



This is laughable on so many levels.  None so blind...