A nine-member normalisation committee appointed by FIFA will attempt to straighten out the Caribbean Football Union.
President Sepp Blatter invited the CFU members to FIFA headquarters in Zurich. (FIFA)
Its appointment follows two days of meetings in Zurich hosted by FIFA president Sepp Blatter and chaired by Haitian Football Federation president Yves Jean-Bart.
Representatives from Haiti, Cuba, Grenada, Cayman Islands, Bermuda, Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, Curacao and Jamaica were tasked with restoring the reputation of the region’s football authorities in the wake of the Mohammed Bin Hammam bribery scandal.
“I am very pleased that the representatives of the CFU have reached an agreement in order to move forward and to look into the future, for the good of the game in the region],” Blatter said in a statement.
The normalisation committee will double as the CFU’s executive committee until a new one is appointed at the CFU’s ordinary congress in the first half of 2012.
The nine members will also convene an extraordinary congress in the meantime to appoint an interim general secretary as well as a legal, finance and football committees to steer the CFU back on course.
At a May meeting in Trinidad, former CFU and CONCACAF president Jack Warner allegedly offered 25 colleagues $40,000 each for their support of Bin Hammam in his failed bid to oust Blatter in the FIFA presidential race.
FIFA later handed down sanctions – mostly short-term bans, small fines and warnings – to the bulk of the CFU officials although the federation has yet to provide any explanations.
Italian Match-Fixing Probe Widens
A host of top-flight matches and international fixtures have been added to Italy’s ongoing match-fixing investigation.
Former footballer Beppe Signori, pictured here celebrating a goal during his days with Bologna, was among the June arrests. (Getty)
Italian media report that another 22 Serie A matches from last season as well as some between national teams are now believed to have been tampered with by Naples-based mafia and Singapore bookmakers.
Police arrested 17 people on Monday as part of this second phase of a fixing
probe launched back in June primarily in relation to Serie B matches.
Former-Atalanta captain Cristiano Doni, ex-footballer Luigi Sartor and five active players were among the latest arrests.
The sting comes just a week after so-called “table of peace” talks between the Italian football federation and the heads of Serie A giants Inter Milan, AC Milan, Juventus, Napoli and Fiorentina ended without resolution. The gathering had been seen as a chance to curb tensions stemming from Calciopoli, the infamous 2006 match-fixing scandal that saw Juventus stripped of two league titles and its front office banned from football for life earlier this year.
The series of arrests in Italy also follow recent warnings by UEFA president Michel Platini and newly re-elected FIFA president Sepp Blatter on the dangers illegal and irregular betting pose to world football – and a $29 million partnership between FIFA and Interpol to combat the problem.
“Golden Whistle” Admits to Match-Fixing
China’s best-known football referee is standing trial in Beijing on charges of match-fixing and bribery.
Lu Jun, nicknamed “Golden Whistle,” admitted Wednesday to fixing seven matches for four clubs and taking more than $100,000 between 1999 and 2003, according to Chinese state media.
Lu, however, argued that he’s already given the money back and that the rewards were not, in fact, for biased officiating.
He’s among 60 national players, referees, coaches and other officials ensnared in fixing and gambling scandals stemming from a 2009 country-wide crackdown.
Yang Yimin, former deputy director of the Chinese Football Administrative Center, and Lu Feng, former general manager of Chinese Super League Corporation, are also on trial this week in Beijing.
By INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson
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