Posted on February 3, 2012
Jamaican Football Federation president Horace Burrell, only three weeks after his suspension for his role in the FIFA presidential bribery scandal was lifted, has named to the FIFA Olympic Football Organizing Committee.
Burrell, a vice president of the Caribbean Football Union and CONCACAF excecutive committee member, had been banned for three months after he refused to cooperate with investigators in the cash-for-votes scandal that involved former CONCACAF president and ex-FIFA vice president Jack Warner (Trinidad & Tobago) and former Asian Football Confederation head Mohammed bin Hammam (Qatar), who ran against Sepp Blatter for FIFA president before the latter pulled out.
“I am a servant of football in the strictest sense and I will always be available to serve this sport in any capacity,” Burrell was quoted in Thursday’s editions of the Jamaica Observer. “It’s humbling that FIFA has considered me for this posting and it’s a demonstration of confidence by FIFA in my ability to serve.”
The first meeting of the Olympic Organaizing Committee is set for Zurich, Switzerland on Feb. 16.
“I am really looking forward to this first meeting and to get to work right away,” Burrell was quoted by the Observer.
Burrell, a vice president of the Jamaica Olympic Association, told the newspaper he was not considered for another term on FIFA’s disciplinary committee after serving because “at the time of appointing the committees I was on the suspension list.”
The FIFA Olympic committee:
Chairman Zhang (China); deputy chairman Marios LefkarIitis (Cyprus); Timothy Fok (Hong Kong-IOC); Lydia Nsekera (Burundi-IOC); Martin Alufurai (Solomon Islands); Julio Rocha Lopez (Nicaragua), Mircea Sandu (Romania); Yousuf Al Serkal (UAE); Gabriel Ameyi (Togo); Serafin Boutureira (Venezuela); Horace Burrell (Jamaica); Osiris Guzman (Dom Rep); Dominique Maestracci (Canada), Borislav Mihailov (Bulgaria); Kwesi Nyantakyi (Ghana); Carlos Batres (Guatemala), Gurcharan Dato Singh (Malaysia) and special advisor David Luckes (England-London 2012).
Categories: Caribbean, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago
Tags: CONCACAF, FIFA, FIFA Olympic Football Organizing Committee, Horace Burrell, Jack Warner, Jamaica Football Federation, Jamaican Olympic Association, Mohammed bin Hammam