Fifa widens its 'cash for votes' inquiry
Thursday 27 October 2011
Fifa yesterday opened cases against another 10 officials from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) related to the now infamous meeting held in Port of Spain, Trinidad, in May this year.
In a statement, Fifa said it was investigating the 10 regarding possible violations of the Fifa Code of Ethics following the meeting which led to the downfall of former Concacaf chief Jack Warner and his Asian Football Confederation counterpart Mohamed bin Hammam. They both left their positions and Fifa's Executive Committee following bribery allegations stemming from the meeting.
They were accused of attempting to bribe CFU officials to vote for Bin Hammam in June's presidential election against Sepp Blatter. Warner subsequently resigned from Fifa and Bin Hammam was found guilty and banned from football for life.
The officials are named as Raymond Guishard and Damien Hughes (both from Anguilla), Everton Gonsalves and Derrick Gordon (both Antigua and Barbuda), Lionel Haven (Bahamas), Patrick John and Philippe White (both Dominica), Vincent Cassell and Tandica Hughes (both Montserrat), and Oliver Camps (Trinidad and Tobago).
The cases would be submitted to the Ethics Committee at its next meeting in mid-November, Fifa said. Five officials have already been given bans ranging from 30 days to 26 months following investigations into the meeting where several officials described receiving brown envelopes containing $40,000 in cash.
They included Guyana FA president Colin Klass, who was given a26-month ban, and Jamaica Football Federation president Horace Burrell, a long-time Warner ally, who was banned for six months, of which three were suspended.
Three other officials were reprimanded and another five warned. Blatter, in his fourth and final term as Fifa president, has promised to clean up football's much-criticised world governing body.
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