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(WFI) The adjudicatory chamber of the independent FIFA Ethics Committee continues its work rooting out corruption and ethics violators with two new proceedings.

On April 28, the committee provisionally banned Guam Football Association president Richard K. Lai for 90 days for his guilty plea in the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigations into corruption in world football.

Lai’s guilty plea was published on April 27 and is in connection to the investigation of wire fraud conspiracy among FIFA’s former top brass. Lai’s ban may be extended for up to 45 days while the committee continues to investigate and decide his full punishment.

The committee also opened adjudicatory proceedings against Caribbean Football Union president Gordon Derrick on April 28. The proceedings follow an investigation by investigatory chamber chairman Cornel Borbely that focused on “alleged conflicts of interest, offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, mismanagement of funds, abuse of position and disloyalty”, according to the committee.

In his report, Borbely suggested a ban of no less than four years for Derrick and a fine of $15,000. Derrick has been invited by the chamber to explain his case and supply any evidence he believes could clear his name.

The general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association may also request a hearing.


By INSIDER Kevin Nutley

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