FIFA Charge Ten More Officials for Bribery Scandal

October 26, 2011

FIFA have kept up the pressure on the bribery scandal by charging ten more officials from the Caribbean.

FIFA’s ethics committee has already banned five officials and reprimanded or warned eight others. A further 10 officials will now have their cases heard next month after proceedings were opened against them, FIFA said in a statement.

The officials have been charged with breaching rules on ethics in the wake of the corruption scandal that saw Mohamed bin Hammam banned for life.

The ethics committee ruled in July that he had made or offered cash gifts of $40,000 to each of the 25 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) association chiefs at a special meeting in Trinidad on May 10-11.

FIFA said in a statement: “The FIFA ethics committee has opened ethics proceedings against 10 more Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials in regard to possible violations of the FIFA code of ethics in relation to the investigation of the cases related to the special meeting of the CFU held in Trinidad and Tobago on 10 and 11 May 2011. The ethics committee has asked the 10 officials for further interviews on these proceedings.”

The 10 officials named by FIFA on Wednesday were: Raymond Guishard (Anguilla), Damien Hughes (Anguilla), Everton Gonsalves (Antigua and Barbuda), Derrick Gordon (Antigua and Barbuda), Lionel Haven (Bahamas, CFU), Patrick John (Dominica), Philippe White (Dominica), Vincent Cassell (Montserrat), Tandica Hughes (Montserrat), Oliver Camps (Trinidad and Tobago).

The ethics commitee will deliberate over the cases at its next meeting in mid-November.