FIFA Ethics Committee Bans Four and Fines Others Taking Part in Bribery Scandal

October 17, 2011

The FIFA Ethics Committee, tadalafil chaired by Claudio Sulser (Switzerland), has investigated 16 members of the Carribean Football Union and dealt out small fines and short term bans for their alleged partake in the bribery scandal.

The proceedings had been opened 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 10 and 11 May 2011. On this day former CFU president Jack Warner allegedly offered 25 colleagues $40,000 each for their support of Mohammed Bin Hammam in his bid to oust Sepp Blatter atop world football’s governing body.

The members got caught up with the scandal and were investigated, all receiving their individual punishments.

Franka Pickering (British Virgin Islands) has been banned for a period of 18 months from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) and has received a fine of CHF 500 ($558).

Horace Burrell (Jamaica) has been banned for a period of six months with three months suspended and a probation of two years

Osiris Guzman (Dominican Republic) and Ian Hypolite (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) received the same ban from the sport of a period of 30 days and has received a fine of CHF 300 ($334). The Ethics Committee decided to suspend 15 days of the ban, subject to a probationary period of six months.

Also Aubrey Liburd (British Virgin Islands) and Hillaren Frederick (US Virgin Islands) has received a reprimand and a fine of CHF 300 ($334).Anthony Johnson (St. Kitts and Nevis) has received a reprimand but no fine.

However some officials came out the ordeal unscathed with David Hinds (Barbados), Mark Bob Forde (Barbados), Richard Groden (Trinidad & Tobago), Yves Jean-Bart (Haiti) and Horace Reid (Jamaica) Felix Ledesma (Dominican Republic) not reprimanded.

The hearing of Noel Adonis (Guyana) has been postponed, while in the case of Patrick Mathurin (St. Lucia), more information is required and therefore no decision has been taken at this stage.

The cases of David Frederick (Cayman Islands) and Joseph Delves (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) were closed since they are no longer football officials. Should they return to football official positions, their cases would be examined again by the Ethics Committee.