WARNER’S INDICTMENT FIFA says Gordon Derrick, the general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, has failed an integrity check and won’t be allowed to run for president of CONCACAF, the sport’s regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, said in a statement yesterday that Derrick had been disqualified, but added that “for privacy reasons, we are not in a position to go into further details.” Derrick also is president of the Caribbean Football Union. In November 2011, FIFA’s ethics committee gave Derrick a reprimand and fined him 300 Swiss francs (then US$328) as part of sanctions announced for “apparent violations” of its ethics code that occurred at a CFU meeting on May 10-11 that year. Football officials were alleged to have been offered or to have received $40,000 cash payments there during Mohamed bin Hammam’s campaign for FIFA president. FIFA did not specify the violation Derrick committed. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and member of FIFA’s ruling executive committee, which is being renamed the FIFA council. The disqualification leaves Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani and Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden as the only candidates. Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, CONCACAF’s president from 1983-2011, was indicted by a US grand jury in New York City last May on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy and money laundering. He is fighting extradition. He was succeeded by Jeffrey Webb, who headed CONCACAF from 2012 until he was indicted last May. He pleaded guilty November 23 to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, and agreed to forfeit more than $6.7 million. Alfredo Hawit of Honduras replaced Webb and was indicted in November. He pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and one count each of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice. CONCACAF said Luis Hernandez of Cuba and John Krishnadath were running for FIFA council member from the Caribbean, and Pedro Chaluja of Panama was running unopposed for council member for the Caribbean. Sonia Bien-Aime of Turks and Caicos, elected as the Caribbean’s member of the FIFA executive committee last July, is running for CONCACAF’s female member of the new council against Joanne Salazar of Trinidad and Tobago.
Dear Editor,I wish to respond to a letter penned by one Mr Zamal Hussain, wherein he highlighted the plight of our electoral system. In that letter, he is of the firm view that the electoral machinery in Guyana, instead of being strengthened, is being undermined to the point where there would not be a fair process. I wholeheartedly support Mr Hussain on this note, having seen the underhand, corrupt way elections have been held over the years here under a PNC administration.History is replete with their corrupt practices. All of these disgraceful acts are well documented for our learning and edification.Whenever it comes to the administration of free, open and transparent process where a selection or election process is concerned, the PNC’s stewardship in such matters stinks to the high heavens.With a PNC-dominated, PNC-controlled GECOM, anything can and will take place to subvert a transparent process. No good can come out of such an arrangement.Recently, the Guyana Teachers’ Union got a jolt of this barefaced, dictatorial fraud when they were told in a hand-me-down manner that their views are null and void when the Government is in charge — a very shocking way to treat persons who are known supporters of the regime.It therefore behooves all right-thinking persons in this country to stand up and speak out vociferously against these grave injustices. Guyanese need to stand up and be counted for what is just and fair.Respectfully,Neil Adams