October 26, 2020

FIFA drops charges against Fredericks

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GENEVA (AP) — FIFA banned senior Caribbean official Horace Burrell for six months on Friday for the Jamaican’s part in a bribery case involving former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam, plunging the region’s soccer authorities deeper into chaos.

However FIFA said it dropped cases against David Fredericks of the Cayman Islands and Joseph Delves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines because they had left the sport.

“Should they return to football official positions, their cases would be examined again by the ethics committee,” FIFA said in a statement.

FIFA did not give the officials the same “presumption of innocence” it accorded Warner in June when the 28-year executive committee veteran resigned rather than face sanctions.

Burrell is a long-time ally of former FIFA vice president Jack Warner and a member of FIFA’s disciplinary committee, must now withdraw from the Caribbean Football Union presidential election scheduled for next month.

Since the bribery scandal broke in May, the CONCACAF continental body has seen its top three elected Caribbean officials — Warner, Burrell and Lisle Austin — either resign while under investigation or be banned by FIFA.

FIFA’s ethics committee ruled three months of the Jamaican federation president’s ban will be deferred for a probationary period of two years.

Burrell said in a statement that Friday’s actions “are harsh and painful for me personally, but I will not appeal the decision, considering the relative levity of the sanction and the cause for which it was handed down.”

 

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