Guyana’s Foot Ball Federation President Banned By FIFA
The world football governing Fifa today announced that The FIFA Ethics Committee has opened ethics proceedings against 16 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials in regard to apparent violations of the Code of Ethics connected to the investigation of the cases related to the special meeting of the CFU held in Trinidad & Tobago on 10 and 11 May 2011.
And with the investigations opened, Fifa has suspended President of the Guyana Football Federation Colin Klass from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other). His suspension was handed down by the chairman of the Ethics Committee, Claudio Sulser (Switzerland), after consideration of the specific information received on this matter.
General Secretary of the Guyana Football Federation Noel Adonis has also found himself under investigation.
Colin Klass has denied any part in any form of bribery and just two weeks back he seemed very combative when questioned about the probe and the role he may have played.
The charges involved former president of Concacaf Jack Warner who is a government minister in Trinidad and Vice President of Fifa Ben Haman who was running for President of the football governing body. Warner resigned from his Fifa post and all football related posts before the investigations could properly get underway and Ben Haman who was running for president has been banned for life.
Allegations are that the CFU members were handed packages of 40,000 US dollars each to vote for Ben Haman at the elections.
In its statement today, FIFA said Judge Robert T. Torres, a member of the Ethics Committee, has been entrusted by the committee with supervising and directing the investigation. With the approval of the committee, he has engaged Freeh Group International Europe (FGI Europe) and the secretariat of the Ethics Committee to assist the committee with this task. The Ethics Committee will contact the 16 officials to arrange further interviews in connection with these proceedings.