(WFI) Ethics proceedings against a dozen Caribbean Football Union officials end with warnings, small fines and a couple of short-term bans.
Ethics committee chairman Claudio Sulser (Getty)
FIFA handed down the sanctions late Friday, almost five months to the day after a May 11 meeting in Trinidad at which 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.
Bin Hammam was later banned from the sport for life whereas Warner left of his own accord, a move forcing FIFA to drop its impending investigation.
Meanwhile, a total of 16 CFU officials were ensnared in the bribery probe brought by FIFA’s increasingly busy Ethics Committee.
Like their former boss, both David Frederick of Cayman Islands and Joseph Delves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines left their CFU roles. “Should they return to football official positions,” says a statement from FIFA, “their cases would be examined again by the Ethics Committee.”
Of the remaining 14, only Felix Ledesma Dominican Republic was found not to have committed any violation.
“The hearing of Noel Adonis of Guyana has been postponed,” says FIFA, “while in the case of Patrick Mathurin of St. Lucia, more information is required and therefore no decision has been taken at this stage.”
Friday’s warnings went out to Richard Groden of Trinidad & Tobago, Yves Jean-Bart of Haiti, Horace Reid of Jamaica as well as David Hinds and Mark Bob Forde of Barbados.
Aubrey Liburd of British Virgin Islands, Hillaren Frederick of US Virgin Islands and Anthony Johnson of St. Kitts and Nevis all received reprimands, but Liburd and Frederick must pay fines of $335 each.
Osiris Guzman of Dominican Republic and Ian Hypolite of St. Vincent and the Grenadines were both slapped with $335 fines as well as a ban from all football-related activity for 30 days, 15 of which FIFA already suspended.
Acting CFU president Horace Burrell escaped without a fine but must serve three months of a six-month suspension from the sport.
The heaviest punishment went to Franka Pickering of British Virgin Islands, who must pay $560 and serve the entirety of an 18-month ban.
All told, these are lenient sanctions for football officials who played a part in FIFA’s biggest ever bribery scandal.
A new list posted this week to the Court of Arbitration for Sport’s website shows cases through the end of 2011 but mentions nowhere the appeal of Bin Hammam.
Meanwhile, INSIDER is told that CAS arbitrators are still deliberating over the appeal of former FIFA Ex-Co member Amos Adamu, whose case was heard Oct. 4.