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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #30 on: August 11, 2011, 02:11:55 PM »
Groden is charged, Klass of Guyana suspended

FIFA charges 16 officials
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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'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)

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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #31 on: August 11, 2011, 02:24:03 PM »
Ooh Guuude! Like Camps is a smart man! He geh wey fuh now. Groden geh ketch instead
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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #32 on: August 11, 2011, 02:42:06 PM »
Ooh Guuude! Like Camps is a smart man! He geh wey fuh now. Groden geh ketch instead

Groden jump in front like yankee secret service when fifa pull out de gun
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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #33 on: August 11, 2011, 02:52:14 PM »
Scamps the ocker duck , let me see if he would getaway from the next bullet.
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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #34 on: August 11, 2011, 03:56:55 PM »
I notice that there are no officials from Jamaica, Grenada & Dominica on the list, is it that they were the ones who gave "fresh info".
Just wondering!!!!!

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Former AFC boss slams bribery ban
30 August 2011-AFP


http://theworldgame.sbs.com.au/news/1070711/Former-AFC-boss-slams-bribery-ban


Ousted Asian football chief Mohamed bin Hammam on Monday accused FIFA of threatening Caribbean football officials to force them to admit he offered bribes - claims that led to his life ban.

Bin Hammam was slapped with the ban last month after he was found guilty of trying to buy votes in the FIFA presidential race by offering Caribbean football officials $US40,000 ($A38,000) each.

The former head of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has denied the charges, calling them "politically motivated", and is appealing the ban.

In a posting on his blog, Bin Hammam published a copy of a letter, purportedly from FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke, asking Caribbean Football Union members to come forward "with all relevant information" within two days.

Anyone who didn't come forward would "be subject to the full range of sanctions," the letter said.

"Based upon the evidence gathered to date, there is reason to believe that numerous people have not been completely candid and forthright in their statements about ... whether they or others were offered or received money," it said.

Bin Hammam said he had been found guilty by a "kangaroo court - FIFA branch" and expressed outrage over the letter dated July 25, two days after the ban was imposed.

"Valcke, the co-owner of FIFA, issued a letter to the CFU member associations, threatening them to either admit that they have been bribed or he will open an investigation to find out if I have bribed them or not!!" he said.

The 62-year-old Qatari did not say how he obtained the document.

Bin Hammam's suspension by FIFA on May 29 over the accusations led to his withdrawal from the world football body's leadership election, handing incumbent president Sepp Blatter a fourth consecutive term in office.

The controversy has highlighted allegations of corruption in FIFA and sparked calls for reform of its governance structure, which anti-graft watchdog Transparency International earlier this month called "opaque".

The vote-buying accusations also raised questions over last year's controversial decision to award Qatar the right to host the 2022 World Cup, beating Australia, the United States, South Korea and Japan.

Bin Hammam, a former chairman of the Qatar Football Association, had played a key role in pre-vote lobbying for his home country's bid.



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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #37 on: August 31, 2011, 07:43:40 AM »
Caribbean football must avoid FIFA abyss.
By Lasana Liburd (play the game).


“Will Caribbean football crumble without the man they called ‘Teflon Jack’”, journalist Lasana Liburd asks in this comment piece discussing how football in the Caribbean will go on after Jack Warner resigned as head of CONCACAF and CFU amid corruption allegations.

Conceit, according to United States sales guru Zig Ziglar, is the one disease that makes everyone sick except the one who has it.

The ambition of former CONCACAF and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Jack Warner knew no bounds. His sycophants, spread across most of the 25 CFU member nations, bought into Warner’s swagger and the suggestion that he and FIFA were the same.

Was it always smoke and mirrors? Was it a Ponzi scheme of sorts in which influence was leveraged to create political strength and then cashed in?

Warner convinced the Caribbean that he and not FIFA President Sepp Blatter was the most powerful man in football. But, sold on his own hype, he overplayed his hand. It was not enough to be seen as influential. The Trinidad and Tobago citizen decided to actually influence the June 2011 FIFA Presidential elections.

And then, before you could say “bribery”, the game was up.

Warner resigned in the face of FIFA’s “overwhelming evidence” that he conspired with disgraced ex-FIFA Presidential candidate and former Asian Football Confederation (AFC) President Mohamed Bin Hammam to bribe CFU associations in the buildup to the election.

Bin Hammam was banned for life on July 23 although a final verdict is yet to be reached on the fate of 16 CFU officials from 11 different associations who were deemed to be either uncooperative or dishonest with FIFA’s investigators.

Nearly four months since Bin Hammam’s infamous trip to Port of Spain, the CFU has apparently been reduced to an afterthought. But will Caribbean football similarly crumble without the man they called “Teflon Jack”? The answer is yes but mostly no.

The system of power that allowed 25 Caribbean nations with a total of four World Cup final berths between them—one each for Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Cuba—more clout than South America always seemed incongruous. Democracy irked the more established football nations.

Arguably, the greater sin was in the fact that the Caribbean’s elevated status on FIFA’s political ladder rarely translated into tangible support for the regional teams.

Trinidad and Tobago came within a point of the 1990 World Cup and then went a step further in 2006, Jamaica qualified in 1998 while St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Kitts and Nevis and Barbados enjoyed periods of relative success in between. In almost every case, the financial rewards for their positive showings was not administered in a way that would benefit the island’s football structure or never made it into the coffers of the respective associations at all.

Islands pocketed millions from FIFA grants and developmental programs without properly accounting for its use.

Nearly half the member associations charged with improper conduct in relation to the Bin Hammam bribery scandal have not played a single international game in this calendar year. And yet there they were with hands out for oil money as they mused over the possible identity of the next FIFA President.

Apart from FIFA mandated fixtures, the Dominican Republic has not played a football match since October 8, 2008 when they were trounced 9-0 away to Trinidad and Tobago.

Their officials, Osiris Guzman and Felix Ledesma, should have been facing sanctions not being offered brown envelopes stuffed with cash.

The last friendly international played by Bahamas was in 2003 when they lost 6-0 to Haiti. Turks and Caicos has not arranged its own football match since a 3-0 loss against the Cayman Islands on September 27, 2000.

The Caribbean also boasts the worse team in FIFA. Montserrat is at the bottom of the football ranking alongside Andorra, American Samoa and San Marino. And the tiny island has only ever played one friendly in 12 years as a FIFA member.

It probably wouldn't matter to these islands if the FIFA Vice-President was Jack Warner or Jack the Ripper.

Dwight Yorke, the Caribbean’s most celebrated football star, might be Warner’s compatriot but there was precious little benefit gained from that fact.

A former record signing at Manchester United, Yorke, who retired two years ago, is the 10th highest England Premier League goal scorer of all time and is the competition’s top non-European scorer—Frenchman Thierry Henry and Dutch striker Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink are the only non-English players to manage more items than he did.

Yet, for all those achievements, Yorke does not have so much as a plaque from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) for his contribution to the game. Rather, Warner once called him a “cancer to the game” after the player pulled out of a friendly fixture.

So, FIFA’s body blows might be fatal to the political structure of Caribbean football. But then the CFU rarely gave the suggestion that its role was to celebrate regional football talent or mold proper football teams.

Formed in 1979, the CFU didn’t hold a football tournament for ten years. And, when it did in 1989, it was a pre-launch party as Warner consolidated his base before making a successful run at the CONCACAF helm, a year later.

Maybe it wasn’t even Warner’s idea.

In Warner’s biography, he credited American Chuck Blazer for the blueprint of his charge to power. On the eve of the CONCACAF Presidential election, FIFA President Joao Havelange personally canvassed the delegates in his hotel room.

When Warner became CFU president in 1983, ten of CONCACAF’s 22 member associations were from the Caribbean and the islands felt that the Confederation’s Mexican President Joaquin Terrazas was intentionally keeping them at bay. But, in 1988, Havelange welcomed three new Caribbean nations into the FIFA family and the stage was set for Warner’s ascendancy.

In the next decade, eight more Caribbean nations joined FIFA while Bermuda, the Bahamas and Puerto Rico left the North American zone to also participate with the CFU. There were now 25 CFU members of the 35 CONCACAF associations.

But Warner’s attempt to replace Sepp Blatter—if that was indeed his intention—brought down the house of cards. Fittingly, Blazer, the man who made him king, was his executioner.

Former interim CONCACAF President Lisle Austin attempted to remove Blazer within a week of inheriting Warner’s responsibilities but was quickly scythed down by the American. At present, Austin, a Barbadian, is suspended by FIFA for attempting to reverse Blazer’s decision in court.

The court, incidentally, backed Austin. Not for the first time, FIFA ignored the law. Within weeks, Blazer claimed to have wooed 10 of the 25 CFU associations.

Today, 14 of the region’s associations have made their peace with the new power structure and the CFU barely exists on paper—even staff members claimed to be unsure about where the Caribbean body is registered and Warner appeared to use their funds as though it was his private account.

So, the body that permitted a former Trinidadian school teacher to have photo opportunities with living icons and world leaders is now a stiff.

Caribbean football is not necessarily dead and buried, though.

With the likes of Kenwyne Jones (Stoke City and Trinidad and Tobago), Ricardo Fuller (Stoke City and Jamaica) and Jason Roberts (Blackburn Rovers and Grenada) competing at such a high level, the Caribbean talent pool is not shallow. The replacement of the current crop of incompetent and disinterested administrators should help the respective nations to fashion decent teams around such stars and better their chances of creating superior replacements.

At the least, the abuse of the dreams of athletes and fans throughout the Caribbean should stop.

Warner was knocked down by his own runaway ego and nearly half of the region might suffer a similar fate. But Caribbean football can still lift itself from the abyss.
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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #38 on: August 31, 2011, 09:16:51 AM »
Ooh Guude!!!  Whap Lasana
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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #39 on: August 31, 2011, 09:57:37 AM »
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.

It would not affect the country. It would have minimal effect on the Fed. The members themselves would have to get to fuc& out and be replaced.

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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #40 on: August 31, 2011, 10:20:33 AM »
Caribbean football must avoid FIFA abyss.
By Lasana Liburd (play the game).


Islands pocketed millions from FIFA grants and developmental programs without properly accounting for its use.

 

Formed in 1979, the CFU didn’t hold a football tournament for ten years. And, when it did in 1989, it was a pre-launch party as Warner consolidated his base before making a successful run at the CONCACAF helm, a year later.

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Nonsense. I am pretty sure that TT won the CFU tournament in 1982. Beating hosts Puerto Rico by something like 7-2.

Alvin Corenal was the Coach.

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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #41 on: August 31, 2011, 10:48:13 AM »
Caribbean football must avoid FIFA abyss.
By Lasana Liburd (play the game).


Islands pocketed millions from FIFA grants and developmental programs without properly accounting for its use.

 

Formed in 1979, the CFU didn’t hold a football tournament for ten years. And, when it did in 1989, it was a pre-launch party as Warner consolidated his base before making a successful run at the CONCACAF helm, a year later.

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Nonsense. I am pretty sure that TT won the CFU tournament in 1982. Beating hosts Puerto Rico by something like 7-2.

Alvin Corenal was the Coach.

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The CFU was formed in Haiti in January 1978.

"Date Published: 1978-02-03
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 10

Jamaica Football Federation Secretary Glen Neil Dwyer has been appointed an executive member of the Caribbean Football Union which was launched last week Saturday in Haiti."

The first finals were held the same year in October.

"Date Published: 1978-10-22
Source: Jamaica Gleaner
Page: 12

PORT Of SPAIN, Trinidad, Oct 21 (CANA):

The first championship clash of the top Caribbean football teams in the Nations Cup tournament takes place here tomorrow at the Queen's Park Oval between Haiti and Suriname.

Trinidad and Tobago and Antigua are the other countries placing the finals of this inaugural series."

They were playing for the Duvalier Trophy back then.
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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #42 on: August 31, 2011, 10:56:04 AM »
Today, 14 of the region’s associations have made their peace with the new power structure and the CFU barely exists on paper—even staff members claimed to be unsure about where the Caribbean body is registered and Warner appeared to use their funds as though it was his private account.

CFU is still listed as having the TV rights for the 2014 WC Qualifiers and World Cup:

http://www.fifa.com/mm/document/affederation/tv/01/47/76/00/2014fifaworldcupbrazilmediarightslicenseeslist.pdf

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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #43 on: August 31, 2011, 12:06:40 PM »
Nearly half the member associations charged with improper conduct in relation to the Bin Hammam bribery scandal have not played a single international game in this calendar year. And yet there they were with hands out for oil money as they mused over the possible identity of the next FIFA President.
And we think we have it bad? What are these federations doing? Clearly, they receive FIFA funding, so does that just go on wages, 1st class flights and 5 star hotels?


"Apart from FIFA mandated fixtures, the Dominican Republic has not played a football match since October 8, 2008 when they were trounced 9-0 away to Trinidad and Tobago.

Their officials, Osiris Guzman and Felix Ledesma, should have been facing sanctions not being offered brown envelopes stuffed with cash.

The last friendly international played by Bahamas was in 2003 when they lost 6-0 to Haiti. Turks and Caicos has not arranged its own football match since a 3-0 loss against the Cayman Islands on September 27, 2000.

The Caribbean also boasts the worse team in FIFA. Montserrat is at the bottom of the football ranking alongside Andorra, American Samoa and San Marino. And the tiny island has only ever played one friendly in 12 years as a FIFA member. "

You can understand why other confederations and CONCACAF members get vexed. These countries should be made to play a minimum number of internationals per year or lose membership of FIFA. Their inclusion was just a jerrymandering tactic to obtain political power. Now they must prove that they are part of the global footballing family. They receive FIFA funding, so they must be held accountable. 

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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #44 on: September 24, 2011, 06:04:56 AM »
FIFA suspends Guyana's Colin Klass
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ZURICH -- FIFA banned Caribbean soccer official Colin Klass for more than two years Friday for his part in a bribery scandal involving former presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam.

Klass was found guilty of three breaches of the governing body's code of ethics, including breaking confidentiality rules and not disclosing "evidence of violations of conduct."

FIFA said in a statement that Klass was barred from any soccer-related activity for 26 months.

FIFA expelled Klass through October 2013 and also fined him $5,500. He can appeal. Klass will lose his seat on FIFA's futsal and beach soccer committee and the presidency of Guyana's soccer federation, which he has led since 1989.

FIFA is investigating another 15 Caribbean officials it suspects were offered or accepted $40,000 cash payments to back bin Hammam's challenge to FIFA president Sepp Blatter. Those cases likely will be heard next month.

Klass was the only one of the 16 to be suspended pending a hearing after FIFA cited "consideration of the specific information received on this matter."

He is a longtime ally of former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, who ran Caribbean soccer for three decades until resigning in June. FIFA then dropped its investigation into the Trinidad and Tobago government minister's role in bin Hammam's campaign visit to Port of Spain in May.

Klass, who sat on the Caribbean Football Union executive committee, attended the meeting where members heard the Qatari candidate's pitch.

Whistleblowers' statements said Klass was present as officials later lined up to receive a gift distributed by CFU staffers. Witnesses said they were given brown envelopes filled with four piles of $100 bills.

The case against Klass was prepared by investigators hired by FIFA from FGI Europe, an agency led by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

Tarnished by the scandal, bin Hammam withdrew his candidacy three days before the FIFA election in June, though he denies the allegations.

Blatter was left unopposed and received a fourth four-year presidential term. He was endorsed by 186 of FIFA's 208 national members, including most Caribbean islands. On Oct. 21, Blatter is to provide details of his promised anti-corruption project to clean up soccer and its damaged image.
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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
« Reply #45 on: September 24, 2011, 10:07:27 AM »
Groden have to come real good to survive this one. I hope to God they take him down and ban his ass for life. What did LP say....he about as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike?
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Re: FIFA Is Said to Open Corruption Cases Against Caribbean Soccer Officials
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WATCH: There was a time when the Caribbean was amongst the upper echelons of world football. Yet the region has only ever been responsible for 3 teams in World Cup finals. Why did a region of the Americas have so much power off the pitch, yet achieved so little on it? Has it changed now? Will we see a Caribbean island at a major tournament again? What does Guus Hiddink have to do with it all?

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