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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #240 on: April 30, 2020, 07:31:51 PM »
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A Fifa spokesman said the FHF was asked about allegations of sexual abuse at the centre following questions by the Guardian. The Fifa spokesman said the questions were raised by a member of staff from the office of Véron Mosengo-Omba, Fifa’s chief member associations officer.

This does not inspire confidence that the conversation was anything more than:

"Aye Yves, is anyone there having sex with the residents of the centre?"

"No,  of course not."

"OK."

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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #241 on: July 06, 2020, 11:48:41 AM »
Ex-CONCACAF President Alfredo Hawit Sentenced To Time Served

By RONALD BLUM
AP Sports Writer

Jun. 29, 2020 6:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The former president of soccer’s governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean was sentenced to time served for his role in accepting $1.66 million in bribes in the FIFA scandals and will return to Honduras after 4 1/2 years in the U.S.

Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, CONCACAF’s president from May 27, 2015, until Dec. 4, 2015, was given the sentence Monday by U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen in Brooklyn during a video hearing.

The 68-year-old Hawit also was sentenced to two years of supervised release and barred during that time from holding a title in FIFA, CONCACAF or any professional soccer organization. Chen deferred a ruling on restitution for 90 days, said forfeiture will be $950,000 and said he must pay $400 in special assessments.

“I do take responsibility and I have changed considerably. I want to ask forgiveness for all those things I did back then,” Hawit said through a translator.

“There are no words to express how sorry I am,” he said in a written statement read by the translator to the court. “I also regret all the harm I did to soccer, which is the sport that I love. ... From the day of my arrest in Zurich and the time that I spent in jail and 4 1/2 years so far, I’ve suffered. I’ve felt humiliated and shamed by my behavior, and I’m paying the price.”

Hawit, a lawyer, teacher and former professional soccer player, will be deported when the coronavirus pandemic eases and Honduras reopens its border. Prosecutors said his family is working with the Honduran consulate to arrange transport, and Chen recommended that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement allow him to self-deport.

Hawit pleaded guilty on April 11, 2016, to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and one count each of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Each count carried a possible sentence of up to 20 years.

His sentence showed the impact of a guilty plea early in the case rather than risk a guilty verdict at trial. Former South American governing body president Juan Ángel Napout is serving a nine-year sentence following his conviction and former Brazil federation president José Maria Marin was sentenced to four years after his conviction. Marin was given compassionate release about eight months early in April, shortly before his 88th birthday.

Chen said Hawit tried to conceal bribes and even used the name of his wife, a superior court judge in Honduras. He also tried to cover up the payments by directing co-conspirators to create a sham contract.

“The government’s investigation and prosecution in this case has rightfully served as a wake-up call to the entire professional soccer world and to all of its associations that business cannot be conducted in this manner,” Chen said.

She said Hawit did not warrant additional jail time, given that he voluntarily accepted extradition, spent two months incarcerated and about four years under house arrest, and he expressed remorse.

“While it is clear that Mr. Hawit faltered badly by agreeing for a number of years to take bribes of a significant amount on multiple occasions and covering that up through elaborate schemes," Chen said, "he did recover after being caught and has since tried to make amends.”

Hawit became CONCACAF’s president after Jeffrey Webb was arrested while attending a FIFA meeting in Zurich, but Hawit was arrested in Switzerland on Dec. 3, 2015. He was extradited to the U.S. the following Jan. 13 and released on bond that Feb. 2.

He was banned for life by FIFA on Dec. 19, 2016, after the adjudicatory chamber of its independent ethics committee found him guilty of violating FIFA's code of ethics provisions on general rules of conduct; loyalty; duty of disclosure, cooperation and reporting; conflicts of interest; and bribery and corruption.

Hawit admitted in court to accepting bribes for awarding media rights contracts for World Cup qualifying in Central America and for CONCACAF events, and to attempting to influence testimony in the U.S. investigation during July 2015.

“We do believe that once Mr. Hawit was arrested and waived extradition and came to the country, that he has fully accepted responsibility for his actions,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Keith D. Edelman said.

Eight remaining counts against Hawit were dismissed Monday.

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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #242 on: July 25, 2020, 02:15:06 PM »
BY SOMOSLASELE

07/22/2020
- 4:54 PM
Social media is busting with the unofficial report on the qualifying format for the Concacaf playoffs towards Qatar 2022.

Everything would indicate that the new format will be octagonal, but the first five teams placed in the FIFA "Ranking" would be insured in this octagonal.

We are talking about the teams from Mexico, the United States, Costa Rica, Jamaica and Honduras. The rest of the teams (30) including the Panama team, would play an elimination tournament from October this year, to define the other 3 teams and thus complete the octagonal.

The first five teams would not play knockout games until 2021. According to TVMAX and Somos La Sele journalist Ricardo Icaza, the match dates for Panama would be in October, November and March, six games in total to get into the octagonal. The octagonal would start in June 2021.

The Panama team would play in October - November and March are 6 games to try to get into the Octagonal that will start in June. It remains to be defined whether it would be by groups or round-trip matches by rounds. pic.twitter.com/Oj5OA7fGmK

- Ricardo Icaza (@ ricardoicaza507) July 22, 2020

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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #243 on: August 03, 2020, 04:07:15 AM »
 Leeds captain Kalvin Phillips approached by JAMAICA as England boss Gareth Southgate continues to monitor midfielder
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/12290207/leeds-kalvin-phillips-jamaica-england-gareth-southgate/


KALVIN PHILLIPS has had a shock approach to play international football for… JAMAICA.

The Leeds skipper qualifies for the Caribbean country through his dad — and he now faces a massive call over his future.
Midfielder Phillips, 24, was born in Leeds and has always wanted to play for England. But he has never been selected at any level.

Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate is following his progress closely as he develops into one of the best in the business under Marcelo Bielsa.

But Jamaica are in first and have contacted Leeds asking for permission to sit down with Phillips and try to convince him to pick them.

Jamaica see Phillips as a key player in an ambitious push to get back on to the World Cup stage and recreate their Reggae Boyz heroics.

Several dual-nationality stars, including Robbie Earle, helped them make the finals in 1998 and they desperately want Phillips to follow in their footsteps.

England could make a counter move by calling him up for their next internationals.

But Southgate now faces a fight to secure his services.

Phillips was widely rated the best player outside the Prem last season.

And he would be a £25million target for top clubs if Elland Road chiefs ever wanted to sell.

Now the real battle for him is being fought out on the internation


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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #244 on: November 20, 2020, 12:39:18 PM »
Haiti FA president Yves Jean-Bart banned for life by Fifa over sexual abuse
By Ed Aarons, Romain Molina and Alex Cizmic, The Guardian


Fifa has banned Yves Jean-Bart, the president of the Haiti Football Federation, from all football-related activities and fined him 1m Swiss francs (£827,000) after its ethics committee found him guilty of having abused his position and sexually harassed and abused various female players, including minors.

Jean-Bart, known as “Dadou”, was first accused of coercing several players at the Centre Technique National in Croix-des-Bouquets into having sex with him in an article in the Guardian in April, after allegations were made by numerous sources involved with the centre, including alleged victims and their families.

Fifa provisionally suspended the 73-year-old for 90 days in May before extending his ban for another 90 days in August as the ethics committee continued its investigation.

That was due to expire on Sunday but a statement on Friday said that Jean-Bart – the FHF president since 2000 – had been found to have violated Fifa’s code of ethics.

“The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Yves Jean-Bart, the President of the Haitian Football Association (FHF) and former Fifa standing committee member, guilty of having abused his position and sexually harassed and abused various female players, including minors, in violation of the Fifa Code of Ethics,” read the statement.

“The aforementioned ethics proceedings are part of an extensive investigation concerning Mr Jean-Bart, as well as other officials within the FHF, who were identified as having allegedly been involved (as principals, accomplices or instigators) in acts of systematic sexual abuse against female football players between 2014 and 2020. The proceedings are still pending with respect to other FHF officials.

“In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Jean-Bart had breached art. 23 (Protection of physical and mental integrity) and art. 25 (Abuse of position) of the Fifa Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a life ban from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 1,000,000 has been imposed on Mr Jean-Bart.”

On Thursday Jean-Bart was cleared of any wrongdoing by the Haitian justice system and his spokesman said that the former president intends to appeal against Fifa’s decision to the court of arbitration for sport.

“Fifa’s decision is a travesty of justice and purely political move to avoid further controversy and bad press following a series of high-profile scandals,” he said in a statement to the Guardian. “Unlike the Haitian judicial system that properly investigated and cleared Dr Jean-Bart of any wrongdoing, Fifa failed to review actual evidence which is why Dr. Jean-Bart expects to be fully exonerated and reinstated after appealing to the court of arbitration for sport.”


Adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee sanctions Yves Jean-Bart
Media Release, FIFA


The adjudicatory chamber of the independent Ethics Committee has found Yves Jean-Bart, the President of the Haitian Football Association (FHF) and former FIFA standing committee member, guilty of having abused his position and sexually harassed and abused various female players, including minors, in violation of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

The aforementioned ethics proceedings are part of an extensive investigation concerning Mr Jean Bart, as well as other officials within the FHF, who were identified as having allegedly been involved (as principals, accomplices or instigators) in acts of systematic sexual abuse against female football players between 2014 and 2020. The proceedings are still pending with respect to other FHF officials.

In its decision, the adjudicatory chamber found that Mr Jean-Bart had breached art. 23 (Protection of physical and mental integrity) and art. 25 (Abuse of position) of the FIFA Code of Ethics and sanctioned him with a life ban from all football-related activities (administrative, sports or any other) at both national and international level. In addition, a fine in the amount of CHF 1,000,000 has been imposed on Mr Jean-Bart.

The decision was taken on 18 November 2020 and the terms of it were notified to Mr Jean-Bart today, the date on which the ban comes into force. In accordance with art. 78 par. 2 of the FIFA Code of Ethics, the full, motivated decision will be notified to Mr Jean-Bart in the next 60 days, and will subsequently be published on legal.fifa.com.

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« Reply #246 on: March 22, 2021, 11:52:15 AM »
Football done for season as revote is nipped in the bud
By Lawrence Trott, The Royal Gazette.


The Bermuda Football Association’s Special Congress Meeting to reconsider the decision to scrap the rest of the football season has been called off, effectively ending any hopes of restarting domestic play.

The decision was influenced by developments on Saturday when the Government announced changes in the Public Health Regulations, rolling back the existing measures to what was in place in mid-December.

Sport has been impacted further by the new restrictions and after a conversation yesterday between Mark Wade, the BFA president, and Shervin Dill, the chairman of the Club Presidents Forum, the decision was made to cancel the meeting.

“The meeting has been called off as a result of the new regulations and also as a result of the Premier rescinding his request for us to reconsider [the decision to call off the season]” Dill told The Royal Gazette. “We’re not going to be meeting on Monday now.”

A press release from Wade yesterday stating that “the Bermuda Football Association have confirmed that they will no longer reconsider the resumption of football” kills any chance of football resuming this season. Wade pointed to the new restrictions put into place on Saturday by Government as the reason for not going ahead with a second Congress inside seven days when another vote was expected.

The BFA also announced that youth football is off as well. “The 2020-21 season has concluded. We look forward to the start of the 2021-22 football season,” the president said.

Last week’s vote by the affiliates to end the season was a close one, 11-10, with one abstention. The next day David Burt, the Premier, publicly expressed his disappointment that football was ending and urged to clubs to reconsider the decision.

“Out of respect for the concerns from Government and some of the other clubs on the outcome of last week’s meeting, the meeting was being reconvened as a result of that, a request from myself personally to the BFA to do it,” Dill explained.

“We didn’t want to find ourselves in a situation where we were showing division because we’ve been working so hard to stay together collectively for the last two meetings. We had a presidents’ meeting on the Thursday night last week and we had a full attendance of 23 affiliates.

“Then we called for the BFA to hold a Congress meeting last Monday so that we could sort ourselves out. I felt we were in a bit of disarray over lack of information as to where we were going. We had a great turnout for that as well.”

Dill emphasised that the decision not to resume the league was one taken with safety at forefront, rather fears over income lost through restricted attendances, as has been suggested. “In the meeting we had on Monday, there was mixed emotions and feelings about the way forward.,” Dill said.

“From the request from the Premier and the minister of sport [Ernest Peets], several of the clubs felt aggrieved and I decided that rather than have division, where people were thinking that the reason we did not continue with the league was because the bars were closed and we weren’t getting income from the gate, we should meet again because that was not the truth.

“Safety was the first rationale and the second was what about the unprecedented direction that Covid is taking? From one day to the next, we don’t know what it is doing, and we have the UK variant here that is more severe and more contagious.”

On Saturday, the Premier said “we must act now”, in announcing changes in the Public Health Regulations, which came into effect yesterday.

“Cabinet met earlier today and following a full briefing from the Minister of Health determined to roll back the current measures to what was in place in mid-December,” he said.

The measure includes: an 11pm to 5am curfew; clubs and bars will be prohibited from serving patrons indoors, and outdoor service is for table service only.

Restaurants, bars and clubs are permitted a maximum of six persons at one table and the permitted gathering size is reduced to ten persons.

The BFA president said: “These regulations include a reduced number of maximum occupants within a public setting and an amended curfew. The BFA were further advised that the large gathering exemption approved by the Ministry of National Security was rescinded.”

Dill, the president of North Village, said resuming football under the present climate was not worth the risk. “If one player at a game should test positive, that impacts the two teams in terms of quarantine,” he said.

“My club had an emergency meeting on Friday night and we’re completely shutting down football at all levels. Covid is still dictating, and that’s where it’s at.

“I just came from my uncle’s funeral today. He [Quinton Binns] was a popular North Village founding member and player, and we scrambled today with the numbers that we’re allowed as opposed to what we had anticipated prior to the latest regulations.

“Government is changing rules almost every day because of the spread of this unprecedented virus.”

‛No play’ football clubs urged to reconsider decision
By Dexter Smith, Head of Sport and Lawrence Trott, The Royal Gazette.


The sports minister has added his voice to an impassioned appeal by the leader of the country for football clubs to reconsider their decision to cancel the rest of the domestic season.

David Burt, the Premier, devoted a significant portion of his remarks at the fortnightly government Covid-19 update on Tuesday to the developments in football where an 11-10 vote with one abstention determined the fate of the second half of the season in the island’s second national sport.

“I am very disappointed for those young people who have been training, undergoing the necessary testing and anyone involved in preparing for the restart of the season,” the Premier said in his national address. “However, the Government respects the decision of our local football clubs and we will not question it.

“The permission to resume football has been given by the Government, and if there is an opportunity for the clubs to reconsider, then I hope they will do so, so that our young people can return to what they love — competitive sport.”

Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sport, was on the same page with the Premier when he chimed in yesterday.

“It was always our hope and goal to see our athletes return to competition in a safe manner,” he told The Royal Gazette. “Our athletes and the development of sport remain a top priority.

“We understand the concerns clubs have regarding resuming football competition in our current Covid environment. Our focus will now shift to successfully starting football in the [autumn].”

The decision to end domestic football came just a week before Bermuda begin their World Cup qualifying campaign against Canada and Aruba in Florida. It was hoped that football on the island would resume ahead of those matches to give locally based players some competitive play beforehand.

However, at the Bermuda Football Association’s special Congress meeting on Monday, the clubs decided to end a season that otherwise would have extended into May in order to complete a season originally set to end on April 20.

In the time that football has been idle, there have been ten rounds of Premier Division league matches that have not been played, as well as three rounds of the Friendship Trophy and First Division Shield, and four rounds of the FA Cup.

“It is the Government’s understanding that this decision was made democratically with the individual clubs voting and voicing their reasons as to why,” Burt said of the vote.

“The Government gave permission for football to commence and was hopeful that, through the staged Return to Play initiative managed by the Ministry of Youth, Culture and Sport in partnership with the Bermuda Football Association, Bermuda could enjoy a return to local sport as safely as possible.”

It is unknown what effect, if any, the news that Bermuda players tested positive after returning from the training camp had on the affiliates.

Bermuda play Canada at the Exploria Stadium in Orlando on March 25 and five days later face Aruba at the IMG Academy Complex in Bradenton.

The second match was originally scheduled as a home fixture at the National Sports Centre, but was shifted by the BFA in the wake of the revelations of players testing positive either at LF Wade International Airport on March 8 or before boarding the American Airlines flight out of Miami.

The 28-member party from the weeklong camp in Bradenton is adhering to Covid quarantine guidelines, according to a BFA statement this week, and ostensibly can be allconsidered for selection by coach Kyle Lightbourne.

The sports minister added: “I wish success for our national team as they engage in their World Cup qualification matches in Florida starting versus Canada.”

There has been no competitive football locally since December 5 and the decision not to resume the season means there will be no relegation or promotion between the Premier Division and First Division.

Burt, a keen football fan, has made no secret of his devotion to Dudley Eve Trophy champions Devonshire Cougars, who were second to Robin Hood in the league when play was discontinued.

“Some have questioned why football will not return, but international events are currently moving ahead,” he said. “I want to be clear on this — the Government gave permission for football to restart and agreed with the BFA a strategy for how they can do so safely.

“Sadly, the local clubs have made the decision not to continue the season. The Government did not make this decision for them.

“Last year permission was given for many sporting events. The same permissions were given to both cricket and the rugby [World Tens Series] last year. Both of these sports made the decision to commence under the guidelines provided, while the Eastern County Cricket Association [and the Cup Match clubs] decided they did not wish to hold their competition under the rules that were provided.

“The Government provides the guidelines and organisations decide whether they wish to go ahead or not.”


Also read BFA pulls the plug on domestic season over health concerns.

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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #248 on: March 23, 2021, 07:17:27 AM »
WATCH Belize National Team ambushed in Haiti en route from the airport to their hotel

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Context on Belize's COVID-challenged WC preparations.
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« Reply #249 on: March 23, 2021, 11:02:52 AM »
WATCH Belize National Team ambushed in Haiti en route from the airport to their hotel

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Context on Belize's COVID-challenged WC preparations.

weird Sht... don't they have an army that could be called upon to escort these teams and be at the stadium?

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« Reply #250 on: March 23, 2021, 11:54:46 AM »
weird Sht... don't they have an army that could be called upon to escort these teams and be at the stadium?

https://www.google.com/search?q=does+haiti+have+an+army&rlz=1C1GCEB_enUS892US892&oq=does+haiti+has+an+ar&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0i22i30j0i390l4.15299j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

The army, airforce, navy were disbanded in 1995. The have a national police and a coast guard(which is part of the police).

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« Reply #251 on: March 23, 2021, 12:28:02 PM »
Each country has a different sense of what is supposedly adequate security. Some countries just treat it as a traffic exercise (say, getting from the hotel to a stadium in a way that beats traffic). Some countries have a deficient understanding of the threat and of the number of personnel to be deployed and where in the convoy (some emphasize the front and neglect the back). Others just assume the worst. Then there's also route selection.

From observation, I think this is an area in which CONCACAF needs to be more insistent in terms of how federations interact with their local security apparatus. Because some countries make a more intentional showing on club rivalries than on some international fixtures.

Of course, there's also a budgetary consideration.

In this case, when it is reduced to police negotiating wid Bad Man, guess who frighten?
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« Reply #252 on: March 23, 2021, 03:35:06 PM »
I bet anything this game will be forfeited or cancelled. those Haitians are dopes, the Central Americans will do anything for an easy three points just remember my words.

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« Reply #253 on: March 24, 2021, 12:01:28 AM »
WATCH: Belizean players are traumatized and now the fate of the Haiti-Belize World Cup qualifier hangs in the balance. Belizean players refer to witnessing Haiti's reality as being an eye-opening educational experience.

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« Reply #254 on: March 25, 2021, 03:21:28 AM »
WATCH: Fate of Haiti-Belize World Cup qualifier to be decided by Match Commissioner - Change in perspective within the Belizean delegation.

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« Reply #255 on: April 09, 2021, 01:30:19 AM »
WATCH: No professional football in Jamaica since May 2020. The SportsMax Zone interviews Romaine Brackenridge, vice-captain of Portmore United about Portmore United and other Jamaican clubs withdrawing from the Caribbean Club Championship. Following that. there is conversation with Brent Sancho about Trinidad and Tobago's club licensing suspension, non-participation in regional competition as a result of that suspension and the broader Caribbean context regarding COVID-19 regimens and impacts on playing football.

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« Reply #256 on: April 09, 2021, 01:37:13 AM »
WATCH: President of CONCACAF, Victor Montagliani, speaks about the upcoming Gold Cup preliminary matches. T&T face Montserrat during this round of competition.


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« Reply #257 on: April 10, 2021, 02:56:00 PM »
14 more eligible for Tridents
Anmar Goodridge-Boyce

At least 14 English-born footballers of dual-nationality are eligible to represent the Barbados senior national football team on international duty.

Sheffield United and former Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster, Chelsea goalkeeper Jamal Blackman, Nottingham Forest left-back Tyler Blackett and Stoke City attacking midfielder Tom Ince are some of the biggest names who qualify to play for the Barbados Tridents through their parents.

AFC Wimbledon’s 19-year-old Nesta Guiness-Walker and 21-year-old New York Red Bulls midfielder Dru Yearwood are also eligible.

Barbados could dip into the English talent pool to boost their squad ahead of the second round of the FIFA World Cup qualifiers 2022, the Concacaf Gold Cup slated for this summer and the 2026 World Cup.
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« Reply #258 on: April 22, 2021, 08:54:59 AM »
After 34 months on the job, El Salvador has parted ways with Carlos de los Cobos as head coach. Record 15-2-7. Amicable separation. Losses were to Brazil, Japan, Iceland, Honduras, United States, Bermuda and Dominican Republic.
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« Reply #259 on: April 22, 2021, 09:02:08 AM »
The Costa Rican NT has signed a four year official ball agreement with Penalty. The ball in question is made from recycled water bottles. It has zero water absorption. As such, it is particularly useful when it rains.

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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #260 on: May 13, 2021, 07:38:55 AM »
FIFA's decision to ban Nella Joseph for 10 years for her role in facilitating Jean-Bart's sexual misconduct is ludicrous. Why was a ban for life not on the table?  Over to you CFU: what do you all have in mind, endorsement by silence?

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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #261 on: May 14, 2021, 10:49:40 AM »
Last year Cadiz returned to La Liga after nearly 15 years out of the top flight. They will end the season in mid-table. Not bad for a return, particularly in light of the dynamics of football during the current season.

How's that relevant to this thread?

Cadiz and the Salvadoran government have entered into an arrangement to establish over 200 football schools across the country. This is not a random shot in the dark. For instance, a year ago El Salvador also entered into an arrangement with the NBA. Nor is it happening in isolation. I can't even begin to share how busy our competitors have been while we are nitpicking about stipends for players and following up on obligations to pay coaches etc.

Within the past year or so, several steps have been taken on various fronts to practically render us obsolete competitively unless we start engaging in sensible thoughts and policymaking.
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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #262 on: May 15, 2021, 02:58:24 AM »
Last year Cadiz returned to La Liga after nearly 15 years out of the top flight. They will end the season in mid-table. Not bad for a return, particularly in light of the dynamics of football during the current season.

How's that relevant to this thread?

Cadiz and the Salvadoran government have entered into an arrangement to establish over 200 football schools across the country. This is not a random shot in the dark. For instance, a year ago El Salvador also entered into an arrangement with the NBA. Nor is it happening in isolation. I can't even begin to share how busy our competitors have been while we are nitpicking about stipends for players and following up on obligations to pay coaches etc.

Within the past year or so, several steps have been taken on various fronts to practically render us obsolete competitively unless we start engaging in sensible thoughts and policymaking.

while we are nitpicking about stipends for players and following up on obligations to pay coaches etc.

Who is "we". I am sure you would not nitpick about stipends. Say Haddad and the NC are the nitpickers!

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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #263 on: May 15, 2021, 06:11:23 AM »
Last year Cadiz returned to La Liga after nearly 15 years out of the top flight. They will end the season in mid-table. Not bad for a return, particularly in light of the dynamics of football during the current season.

How's that relevant to this thread?

Cadiz and the Salvadoran government have entered into an arrangement to establish over 200 football schools across the country. This is not a random shot in the dark. For instance, a year ago El Salvador also entered into an arrangement with the NBA. Nor is it happening in isolation. I can't even begin to share how busy our competitors have been while we are nitpicking about stipends for players and following up on obligations to pay coaches etc.

Within the past year or so, several steps have been taken on various fronts to practically render us obsolete competitively unless we start engaging in sensible thoughts and policymaking.

while we are nitpicking about stipends for players and following up on obligations to pay coaches etc.

Who is "we". I am sure you would not nitpick about stipends. Say Haddad and the NC are the nitpickers!

Fair enough.

It is a reminder to Hadad and company that this is a group project. Stakeholders are concerned. I'm hopeful he understands de cost of melting ice cream with no cold storage in sight.

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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #264 on: May 27, 2021, 05:54:31 AM »
Disgraced Fifa Boss Stashed $1m At CIBC Bahamas
By Neil Hartnell, The Tribune


A senior Bahamian banker’s claim for wrongful/unfair dismissal over his dealings with a key figure in world soccer’s recent bribery scandal was this week rejected by the Supreme Court (see note below).

Justice Keith Thompson, in an April 26, 2021, verdict, found that Paul Major’s actions could potentially have cost BISX-listed CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) its banking licence after they were detailed in a US federal government indictment against that country’s top soccer executive.

He upheld the bank’s decision to dismiss Mr Major, then its head of international banking, for breaching its strict policies on dealing with US clients when he collected a $250,000 cheque from Charles “Chuck” Blazer, former general-secretary of soccer’s governing body for North and Central America, and the Caribbean, at New York’s JFK airport in late April/early May 2011.

Describing Mr Major’s behaviour as “evasive”, both when cross-examined at trial and earlier by CIBC FirstCaribbean investigators, Justice Thompson said “the critical display of dishonesty came” when the banker sought to argue that his employer’s policy on US clients - which prohibited collecting cheques on US soil - did not exist in 2011 when there was abundant evidence it had been in force from 2005.

The possible consequences or fall-out of the actions of the plaintiff [Mr Major], in my opinion, had the potential of the defendant losing its banking licence altogether, thereby being prevented from carrying on the very purpose of its existence,” the judge ruled.

The verdict revealed that Blazer, who pled guilty in a US court to receiving more than $2m in bribes as part of the corruption scandal that engulfed soccer’s world governing body, FIFA, had been a CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) client since 2002.

Mr Major, who enjoyed a 23-year career with the bank prior to his dismissal, was Blazer’s relationship manager from that time and “handled small matter and large matters” for the American soccer executive.

However, prior to his New York trip to meet Mr Blazer and pick-up the fatal cheque, Justice Thompson said the evidence showed Mr Major was aware of an increasing number of media reports making allegations of corruption/bribery against his client and other members of the region’s governing soccer body. At one point he e-mailed Blazer suggesting he “stay out of the news”.

The New York rendezvous was detailed in the US government’s indictment against Blazer, the contents of which were reported by Tribune Business at the time. It described how a Bahamas banker from FirstCaribbean made a round-trip to New York to collect a $250,000 cheque from Blazer, which was part of a $10m bribe to influence voting on which nation would stage the 2010 soccer World Cup.

The banker then flew back to the Bahamas on May 3, 2011, and deposited the $250,000 into Blazer’s CIBC FirstCaribbean bank account in Nassau, which had been undeclared to the US tax authorities until the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) began its FIFA bribery probe.

Mr Major, in his evidence, asserted: “When I collected the cheque from Blazer in May 2011 I had no knowledge at all of his criminal conduct. I had no reason to suspect that the cheque was anything other than what he said it was, that is, fees/commissions.”

Giving further details, he asserted: “I cannot recall the exact date, but on one of the days between April 27, 2011, and May 2, 2011, while on vacation in New York I received a telephone call from Blazer. He asked me where I was, and I told him I was in New York and departing on Monday, May 2.

“Blazer told me that he had a cheque to deposit to his current account. He told me that the cheque was from CONCACAF (soccer’s governing body for the Caribbean, including The Bahamas) and that it represented fees/commissions owed to him. He asked if I could stop by his office to collect the cheque and to take it for deposit to the current account.”

Mr Major said Blazer also voiced concern about the mortgage that was secured on a condo he owned at Atlantis’s Reef development, asserting that the condos were overvalued and that the cheque proceeds would be used to start paying off the loan.

The banker confirmed he endorsed the cheque and then deposited it to Blazer’s CIBC FirstCaribbean bank account on May 3, 2011. He later admitted, under questioning from CIBC FirstCaribbean investigators, that Blazer used to send his girlfriend and others to visit the bank’s Shirley Street branch and deposit funds to the account.

Blazer, as part of his subsequent guilty plea, agreed to forfeit 50 per cent of the $1m he had stashed away at CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas), admitting his “wilfull failure” to report its existence to the US Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for income tax purposes.

Meanwhile, the Blazer indictment and the reference to the Bahamian CIBC banker, triggered alarm bells at the bank which engaged the international law firm, Mayer Brown, to initiate an investigation. The bank was especially concerned that its policies prohibiting dealing with US clients on American soil had been breached.

Bahamas-based financial institutions have to be ultra careful in dealing with US clients given the global reach of that country’s tax and legal system, and the extreme consequences they could suffer if they fall afoul of it - especially given their reliance on continuing access to the US financial system for clearing transactions.

Melissa Francis, one of the Mayer Brown investigators, provided testimony on their interview of Mr Major that Justice Thompson said was “critical” to the outcome of the case. When Mr Major was handed a copy of the indictment, she said there was “an extensive pause..... He then, unprompted, said: ‘Hmmmm.... wow’, and he appeared visibly worried and shaken.”

When asked if he was the person referred to, Mr Major replied: “I’ll have to look at my records.” Under further questioning, he admitted: “I suppose it’s possible it was me” and gave further vague answers when asked whether he frequently met Blazer in New York.

As the interview neared the end, Mr Major told the investigators: “This one I’m going to need some time on.” And his parting shot to them was: “You really know how to shake a person.”

Marie Rodland-Allen, the bank’s now former managing director, said the investigation’s outcome made clear that Mr Major had to be dismissed because his conduct in breaching the strict rules on dealings with US clients showed he posed “a real danger” and “a real risk”.

Mr Major, though, did not take his dismissal well. The minutes of that meeting, included in the court’s judgment, state: “Paul stood up slowly, took one to two steps and then collapsed on the floor in front of Marie Rodland-Allen’s closed office door and proceeded to cry.

“Antoinette Turnquest told him that while we understood this was hard, it was the bank’s decision which is final. She also explained to him that at that moment no one outside of the office wold be aware of what transpired, and he was asked to try and compose himself so as not to alert anyone to what had occurred prior to him being allowed to leave the premises.

Note: originally published on April 29, 2021.
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Concacaf successfully recovers misappropriated funds
« Reply #265 on: August 27, 2021, 04:58:48 AM »
https://www.concacaf.com/news/concacaf-successfully-recovers-misappropriated-funds-to-further-benefit-football-development-in-the-region/

Concacaf successfully recovers misappropriated funds to further benefit football development in the region
Published on 24 Aug 2021 / Updated on 24 Aug 2021 at 18:53
Significant US DOJ announcement brings five-year legal process to a close
Recovered funds to be invested in football development activities
The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced today that it will return to Concacaf and its affected Member Associations $70 million in funds recovered from individuals and entities implicated in the DOJ�s long-running investigation of corruption in world football. The DOJ also announced that it will return misappropriated funds to two other international football organizations, FIFA and CONMEBOL.

From Concacaf�s perspective, this announcement concludes a long-term legal effort, prioritized by Concacaf President Victor Montagliani since he assumed office in 2016, to recover football development funds misappropriated by previous Concacaf administrations.

Since 2015, Concacaf actively assisted the DOJ in its efforts to investigate, charge, and convict corrupt officials within Concacaf, FIFA, and other football organizations. Concacaf further assisted the DOJ�s efforts to identify, recover, and return to Concacaf and its affected Member Associations the funds those individuals misappropriated through their criminal acts. Today�s decision by the DOJ to restore the funds in order that they can be invested in the development of football is the culmination of those efforts.

The restored funds announced by the DOJ total $201 million in the aggregate, reflecting not only money misappropriated from Concacaf by its prior leadership, but also money misappropriated from FIFA and CONMEBOL by their prior administrations. These football organizations have agreed that the funds will be managed and distributed through the FIFA Foundation, ensuring that the money will now be used exclusively as it would have been if it had not been stolen: for football development at all levels in the Concacaf region and elsewhere.

�This is a hugely important announcement for Concacaf as these funds will now be used for what they were originally intended: for development programs to give children a chance to play the game, for youth competitions and coaching courses to be delivered in our region and for many more football activities,� said Concacaf President and FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani. �I want to thank our Member Associations, who have been fully supportive of this process, further demonstrating their commitment to our One Concacaf approach in everything we do. While today�s announcement relates to a complex investigation and process by the US Department of Justice, for Concacaf it is ultimately about delivering on our priority to ensure good governance and to being football first. We are committed to working with the FIFA Foundation to make certain these funds benefit football at all levels in our region and beyond,� added Montagliani.

�We would like to place on record our thanks to the US Department of Justice for the rigor with which they have pursued these misappropriated funds so that they can be distributed properly to ensure the continued development of the sport,� added Concacaf Chief Legal Officer Bill Carvalho.

Concacaf worked with Sidley Austin LLP throughout the five-year process of actively assisting the DOJ in their investigations into misappropriated funds, and the structure of recovering them and ensuring they are distributed to benefit the development of global football.

Established in March 2018, the FIFA Foundation was created as an independent entity with the objectives to help promote positive social change around the world and raise support for the recovery and reconstruction of damaged or destroyed sports infrastructure worldwide.
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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #266 on: September 24, 2021, 01:31:20 AM »
Concacaf launches major expansion of its Champions League as part of new calendar of regional club competitions.
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- Starting with 2024 edition, CCL to expand with 27 participating clubs and additional knockout round

- Three regional cup competitions to take place prior to five round Concacaf Champions League

- New ecosystem delivers more official regional club football that fans want to see


Concacaf has announced a new structure for its men’s club competitions ecosystem that will include an expanded Concacaf Champions League and individual regional cup competitions in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.
 
From 2023 onwards, three regional cup competitions will be played in the fall of each year and will qualify clubs into the Concacaf Champions League. Following the conclusion of the three cups, a Confederation-wide expanded 27-club Concacaf Champions League will be played in the spring to crown the region’s best club.

“This is a hugely significant development for Concacaf and for leagues and clubs in our region. The Concacaf Champions League has consistently grown in recent years and this new format will provide a major boost to the competition. Working collaboratively with our stakeholders we have been able to create a new calendar which grows and enhances our Champions League and fully incorporates regional cup competitions," said Concacaf President and FIFA Vicepresident Victor Montagliani.

“This will elevate clubs and leagues from Concacaf and provide even more compelling regional rivalries. It will also provide more international relevance to our club competitions, and a very competitive pathway as clubs strive to qualify for the FIFA Club World Cup and succeed on the global stage," added Montagliani.
 
This exciting announcement follows Concacaf’s confirmation earlier this year that it’s Champions League would expand. After further conversations with its Member Associations, Leagues and other stakeholders, Concacaf has enhanced the format by introducing regional cups and an additional knockout round. This new format of regional cups will allow for the three regions to crown their own champion, prior to the Concacaf Champions League which will see clubs compete to win the Confederation’s club title and qualify to the FIFA Club World Cup.
 
The new Concacaf Champions League will continue to be played in a direct elimination knockout stage format and will be composed of five rounds (round one, round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and final). The first four stages will include home and away play, while the Final, where Concacaf’s Champion will be crowned, will be played as a single leg match on a weekend date.
 
Of the 27 clubs that will participate, 22 will begin play in Round One and 5 will receive a bye to the Round of 16.

The qualification process for the clubs will be divided per region as follows:
 
North America

Canadian, Mexican and USA clubs will qualify for the Concacaf Champions League via their domestic leagues and Member Association Cups (US Open Cup and Canadian Championship).
 
Additionally, Liga MX and MLS clubs will also qualify via an expanded Leagues Cup, which will in 2023 become part of Concacaf’s new club ecosystem and will incorporate all clubs from both leagues.
 
In total, 18 North American clubs will participate in the Concacaf Champions League. They will be determined as follows:
 
Round One (15 North American clubs): Five Liga MX clubs*, four MLS clubs*, two Canadian Premier League clubs*, two Leagues Cup clubs (second and third place finishers), the US Open Cup Winner and the Canadian Championship winner.
 
Round of 16 (3 North American clubs): Liga MX winner*, MLS Cup winner and Leagues Cup winner
 
*A detailed qualification criteria will be communicated in due course. 



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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #267 on: September 24, 2021, 07:36:29 AM »
Whey the Caribbean club?

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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #268 on: October 11, 2021, 08:56:17 PM »
Panama lock out USA without ah shot on target 1-0, pragmatism mixed with industry
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I pity the fool....

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Re: CONCACAF News Thread
« Reply #269 on: October 14, 2021, 12:17:45 PM »
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