FIFA opens ethics probe into 16 officials
World football's governing body FIFA said they have opened ethics proceedings against 16 Caribbean...
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World football's governing body FIFA said they have opened ethics
proceedings against 16 Caribbean football
federation officials, following an initial probe into cash-for-votes
The cases are related to the meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad and
Tobago on May 10 and 11 where it was alleged that Qatari
football official Mohammed bin Hammam handed out bribes to Caribbean members of
CONCACAF -- the regional body for soccer in North and Central America and the Caribbean.
Bin Hammam has been banned for life by FIFA
but has protested his innocence along with ex-CONCACAF president Jack Warner,
of Trinidad, who resigned before the
investigation was completed.
One of the 16 officials - Colin Klass of Guyana -- has
already been provisionally suspended from taking part in any football-related
activity, FIFA said.
FIFA said the cases were "apparent
violations of the Code of Ethics" and the governing body did not rule out
opening more cases if fresh evidence is uncovered.
"It is important to note that the
investigations are still ongoing and it is therefore possible that further
proceedings could be opened in the future," said the statement.
The allegations, made after CONCACAF's
American general secretary Chuck Blazer reported the claims to FIFA, came
shortly before the re-election of FIFA president Sepp Blatter.
Bin Hammam was challenging Blatter in the
June 1 election but withdrew before the vote.
officials described receiving brown envelopes containing $40,000 (24,668.52
pounds) in cash.
The 16 officials facing investigation by FIFA
are: David Hinds and Mark Bob Forde (Barbados); Franka Pickering and Aubrey
Liburd (British Virgin Islands); David Frederick (Cayman Islands); Osiris
Guzman and Felix Ledesma (Dominican Republic); Colin Klass and Noel Adonis
(Guyana); Yves Jean-Bart (Haiti); Anthony Johnson (St. Kitts and Nevis);
Patrick Mathurin (St. Lucia); Joseph Delves and Ian Hypolite (St. Vincent and
the Grenadines); Richard Groden (Trinidad and Tobago) and Hillaren Frederick
(U.S. Virgin Islands)