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Caribbean will rebound from FIFA scandal- CFU President

Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president, Gordon Derrick, believes the Caribbean can rebound from the latest scandal to shake FIFA, CONCACAF and the region. Photo: Provided
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president, Gordon Derrick, believes the Caribbean can rebound from the latest scandal to shake FIFA, CONCACAF and the region.

Last May, the Caribbean was plunged into turmoil when CONCACAF president and FIFA vice-president, Caymanian Jeff Webb, was arrested and indicted by the United States on corruption charges.

Former CONCACAF president, Trinidadian Jack Warner, who was also a FIFA vice-president, was also indicted by the US on similar charges and is currently fighting extradition.

Derrick said despite this, Caribbean leaders still had a role to play in football governance.

"I don't think there is a black eye on the Caribbean per se, or that because these two (cases) happened back to back and, therefore, no one else can do it (lead). I think that would be unfair," Derrick stated."Yes, the confidence (in the Caribbean) will be down, but we are a proud people from a proud area, who have ability, who can govern and who are intelligent. So if someone from the Caribbean steps up, they will step up and do well."

Warner was at the centre of the first CONCACAF cash-for-votes scandal in 2011, and was forced to resign amidst corruption allegations.

However, the US Department of Justice said it had continued to investigate Warner and subsequently named him - and Webb - as part of a 47-count indictment related to racketeering, wire fraud and money-laundering conspiracies.

Twelve other football officials were named in the indictment, and Derrick was careful to stress that the scandals did not only centre around regional figures.

"Not everybody in the Caribbean is tainted. If you look at this scandal, you look at who the big player is and what country did he come from?" the Antiguan reminded."It is not just the Caribbean, it is throughout. Regardless of where you are ... there are people who are not on the straight and narrow, that doesn't mean everybody in that country is the same way."

5 Responses to “Caribbean will rebound from FIFA scandal- CFU President”

  • Sparrow (04/08/2015, 10:06) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    "when yo dead yo done"
  • Under the Table (04/08/2015, 12:58) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    you all better keep your eyes on that stidum being built in East End
  • FOOTBALLER (05/08/2015, 04:07) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Ain't everyone tainted but some are and they are untouchable,but in the eyesight of God we are all sinners if we do not repent. MR DERRICK MAKE SURELY YOU HAVE A CLEAN SLATE BEFORE YOU ACCUSE ANYONE OTHERWISE IT WILL SURELY COME BACK TO HAUNT YOU ONE DAY.
  • @sparrow & under the table (05/08/2015, 07:04) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    when you dead you aint done remember there is a judgement and even when you are living there is always a judgment.Anyway how come no one form the CONCACAF/? Caribbean area not up for the FIFA presidency, no wonder there will always continue to be corruption in FIFA. The top guys get elected and use the minors to do their dirty work such as votes bribing and selling.Let's pray Prince Ali gets a pick so that our dear staydumb gets bright.So that football can go a little further in the BVI even if more belongers are on the team we welcome them.
  • Lawyer (06/08/2015, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Football in the BVI is control by a currupt few and I heard they want to bring back the first lady of curruption to be president. The current president is to clean - The Jamaican wants him out. When is the BVIslanders going to benefit from what is rightfully theirs?

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