Posted on October 10, 2011
Fifteen Caribbean Football Union officials are scheduled to face a FIFA committee hearing in Zurich, Switzerland on Monday about their involvement into the bribery scandal that rocked CONCACAF and the world earlier this year, InsideWorldFootball reported on Monday.
According to InsideWorldFootball.com those being investigated are David Hinds and Mark Bob Forde from Barbados, Franka Pickering and Aubrey Liburd from the British Virgin Islands, David Frederick from the Cayman Islands, Osiris Guzman and Felix Ledesma from the Dominican Republic, Noel Adonis from Guyana, Yves Jean-Bart from Haiti, Anthony Johnson from St. Kitts and Nevis, Patrick Mathurin from St. Lucia, Joseph Delves and Ian Hypolite from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Richard Groden from Trinidad & Tobago and Hillaren Frederick from the U.S. Virgin Islands.
A 16th CFU member, Colin Klass, president of the Guyana Football Association, has been banned for 26 months for his involvement.
The website reported that only a handful of CFU officials will appear at the hearing. The others could give testimony via phone, which is permitted, InsideWorldFootball reported.
the investigation is looking into a special CFU meeting in Trinidad & Tobago on May 10 and 11, regarding allegations that former Asian Football Federation head Mohammed bin Hamman tried to bribe officials to vote for him over incumbent president Sepp Blatter in June. Bin Hamman dropped out of the election and Blatter was re-elected to a fourth term.
The allegations started a series of events that led Jack Warner of Trinidad & Tobago resigning as CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president after he allegedly was involved in the scandal. His successor, CONCACAF acting president Lisle Austin of Barbados, tried to fire the whistle blower in the investigation, CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer of the United States. Citing confederation statutes, Austin was replaced as acting president and eventually was suspended from all soccer activity worldwide by FIFA on Wednesday for going to a civil court with a grievance. That is against FIFA’s statutes.
Last week Blazer announced that he was stepping down as general secretary as of Dec. 31.
Categories: Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Caribbean, Cayman Islands, CONCACAF, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, U.S. Virgin Islands
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