September 26, 2020

Cayman Islands soccer ‘Groupie’ deserves time served, court told

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By Adam Rhodes From LAW 360 Law360, New York (October 25, 2017, 2:46 PM EDT) — Attorneys for the former general secretary of the Cayman Islands Football Association have told a New York federal court that their client, a “sad, semi-retired” Peter Pan of a man, should be given time served for his role in […]

Ex-judge 1st sentenced in US in FIFA scandal, gets 8 months

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AP From The Indian Express A former judge who led Guatemala’s soccer federation has become the first person sentenced in the U.S. in the FIFA world soccer corruption scandal, getting eight months in prison. Hector Trujillo, 63, was sentenced on Wednesday in federal court in Brooklyn. He had pleaded guilty to wire fraud and conspiracy […]

Cayman Islands FA Vice President denies corruption allegations

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By Andy Brown From Sports Integrity Initiative Bruce Blake, Vice President of the Cayman Islands football association (CIFA), has been released on bail after being arrested by the Cayman Islands Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on 29 June. In a statement issued through his lawyer, Blake confirmed that he was the ’47-year-old male’ referred to in an […]

The Editor speaks: This bird is not singing

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Please see my last two Editorials on The Three Little Birds One of our three birds is not singing. Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) vice president Bruce Blake, the first of two local men arrested by anti-corruption investigators last week in relation to allegations of secret commissions and money laundering in relation to CIFA, has […]

The Pope, a £50m jet, the oligarch and the head of FIFA’s frantic fight to disprove links to Russian leader Vladimir Putin

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By ROB DRAPER FOR THE MAIL ON SUNDAY From Mail UK Bizarre tale might have brought down new FIFA head Gianni Infantino Curious case centred on lavish lifestyle including private jet to see the Pope  Complaint was filed that the jet owned by billionaire Alisher Usmanov  Infantino did not initially inform FIFA’s compliance department about […]

The Editor Speaks: Will CIFA’s appointment of accountants make any difference to Cayman Government’s non support?

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The Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) yesterday (Wednesday 21) June, 2017) announced the appointment of Grant Thornton as its independent auditor. In a Press Release from CIFA it said Grant Thornton will undertake forensic and financial statement audits of CIFA financial transactions and activity, as well as conclude the 2014 to 2016 audits. Grant Thornton, […]

Former CONCACAF vice-president Horace Burrell dies at age of 67

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Associated Press From ESPN FC Horace Burrell, a long-serving Caribbean football official and former ally of several controversial FIFA vice-presidents, has died at the age of 67. CONCACAF said Burrell had died on Tuesday, with Jamaican media reporting that he had been a patient at the Johns Hopkins Cancer Treatment Centre in Baltimore, Maryland. Burrell […]

The Editor Speaks: Corruption

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In more than one of our stories today there is a hint of corruption, and it is the banking sector again that the finger has been pointed. Nothing proved but there is a smell that something bad lurks at the bottom (or in these cases maybe the top). In another story today FIFA, itself tainted […]

FIFA to Investigate Pogba’s World-record Manchester Utd Transfer

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AFP From News18 Manama: FIFA are to investigate the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, a source at world football’s governing body told AFP on Tuesday. French midfielder Pogba was transferred for more than £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus. Confirmation of the investigation came […]

CIFA Kicks off prison football programme in Cayman Islands

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The Cayman Islands Football Association (“CIFA”) and Her Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Service (“HMCIPS”) officially launched a partnership in sport on Thursday, 4th May 2017 at HMP Northward. The partnership will allow prisoners to acquire internationally accepted qualifications in refereeing and coaching, as well as improve their playing skills under the tutelage of CIFA volunteers. […]