(WFI) The former president of the Dominica Football Association will fight his two-year FIFA ban.
According to the Caribbean News Agency, Patrick John is already in the process of appealing the decision handed down late Friday by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.
John, also a former prime minister of Dominica, is suspended from all football-related activities for the next two years and must also a fine of more than $3,200.
DFA treasurer Phillippe White was also included in this latest ethics probe but was cleared of any wrongdoing.
“We were very surprised with the decision to ban me for two years as it was believed that the decision to do so was taking into account irrelevant considerations,” John told the CNA.
“As a result, I have decided to appeal the matter and to that effect my attorney has started the process.”
John’s punishment amounts to the harshest yet received by any Caribbean official as the fallout from the Mohamed Bin Hammam bribery scandal continues to taint the reputation of the region’s football authorities.
A total of 16 CFU officials were originally ensnared in the bribery probe linked to the May meeting in Trinidad when former CFU and CONCACAF president Jack Warner allegedly offered 25 colleagues $40,000 each for their support of Mohammed Bin Hammam in his bid to oust Sepp Blatter in the FIFA presidential race.
FIFA handed down sanctions last month to 12 CFU officials supposedly involved in the scandal – although the federation has yet to provide any explanations.
But there were only a few short-term bans, small fines and warnings.
This time around, John is banned for six months longer than the previous high for suspensions and must also pay six times that of the next closest fine recipient.
Also included in this latest batch of CFU officials were Vincent Cassell and Tandica Hughes of Montserrat, Raymond Guishard of Anguilla, Noel Adonis of Guyana, Everton Gonsalves and Derrick Gorden of Antigua and Barbuda, Oliver Camps of Trinidad and Tobago, Lionel Haven of Bahamas, Patrick Mathurin of St. Lucia and Damien Hughes of Anguilla.
The cases against Camps, Haven and Mathurin were each closed since they are no longer football officials.
Hughes was found not to have committed any violation.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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