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Sports Commentary: Violations of the USVI Soccer Association statutes and financial irregularities - Part 2

August 22, 2017
Sports Commentary: Violations of the USVI Soccer Association statutes and financial irregularities - Part 2 In my recent commentary dated August 7 (Violations of the USVI Soccer Association statutes and financial irregularities), I was seeking information from the soccer organization I have been a member of for over two decades. I will not bore you the readers with any pontificating or aggrandizing. I will simply...

Sports Commentary: Violations of the USVI Soccer Association statutes and financial irregularities

August 7, 2017
Sports Commentary: Violations of the USVI Soccer Association statutes and financial irregularities While there are many ways to obtain information from soccer associations all over the world, it appears that the most direct way is to ask pertinent questions and raise concerns. In the US Virgin Islands, for example, there has been almost two decades of secreting away of financial information from...

Sports Commentary: Belize Football League in big trouble

July 13, 2017
Sports Commentary: Belize Football League in big trouble In all the years that I played football in my country of Belize and here in the United States, I have never seen a set of people who are dysfunctional like some of the officers who have managed the Belize Football League and are aspiring to run for office. What hurts me the most is that some of these individuals...

CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off

July 8, 2017
CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off NEW YORK, USA -- The Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) was due to kick off the 14th edition of CONCACAF Gold Cup on Friday night in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area in front of a capacity crowd. This summer's marquee...

Arrested Cayman Islands football official denies corruption allegations

July 5, 2017
Arrested Cayman Islands football official denies corruption allegations GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) vice president Bruce Blake has confirmed that he was 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...

Commentary: Cesspool of corruption at FIFA

July 5, 2017
Commentary: Cesspool of corruption at FIFA Now, I do not hold any brief for former FIFA vice president Jack Warner. I have never met the man, who also once served as a government minister in Trinidad and Tobago. And, if it is that Jack is guilty of any corrupt practices in football, then he was justifiably banned for life by FIFA – soccer’s international...

Cayman Islands Football Association at heart of two anti-corruption arrests

July 4, 2017
Cayman Islands Football Association at heart of two anti-corruption arrests GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) investigators in the Cayman Islands have arrested two men as part of an investigation related to the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). Following the arrest of a 47-year-old, who is still an executive with...

Deposed FIFA president calls former Cayman Islands football official 'breathtaking scoundrel'

June 20, 2017
Deposed FIFA president calls former Cayman Islands football official 'breathtaking scoundrel' GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The deposed president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter has described the former president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) and the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), Jeffrey Webb...

United Garifuna Association tribute to Rupert Anderson

May 5, 2017
United Garifuna Association tribute to Rupert Anderson On Saturday 28th April 2017, I received a text that Rupert Anderson, better known as “Canalayte”, died in Florida. This news spoiled my whole Saturday. I knew that he was ailing for years now but did not expect my friend and former teammate with our “Ubafu” 1982 championship team to die so quickly.

Countersuit threatened in CONCACAF claim against former Trinidad minister

May 1, 2017
Countersuit threatened in CONCACAF claim against former Trinidad minister NEW YORK, USA -- Following a lawsuit filed in US federal court in New York by the regional FIFA body, the Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF), claiming damages of US$20 million against former officials Austin ‘Jack’ Warner and Charles ‘Chuck’ Blazer.

Trump a convenient whipping boy for Trinidad and Tobago footballer's US visa issue

February 23, 2017
Trump a convenient whipping boy for Trinidad and Tobago footballer's US visa issue PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- US President Donald Trump's travel ban may be on hold as his administration addresses where it may have overstepped constitutional provisions, but many social media users felt that the ban was the reason Trinidad and Tobago-born football superstar...

Trinidad and Tobago international football legend denied entry into the US

February 18, 2017
Trinidad and Tobago international football legend denied entry into the US MIAMI, USA -- Former Manchester United star and Trinidad and Tobago international football player Dwight Yorke has been denied entry into the US because he has an Iranian stamp in his passport. Yorke was stopped on Friday morning in Qatar en route to Trinidad and Tobago via Miami.

Sports Commentary: China could become axis of world football

January 26, 2017
Sports Commentary: China could become axis of world football The president of China has established a clear vision for football in China. That vision provides for China – by 2050 – to be a world football powerhouse. In the interim, by 2020, China plans on opening 20,000 specialist football schools and 70,000 football pitches; and having 30 million to...

Girl power in St Lucia: Inspiring social change through football

January 19, 2017
Girl power in St Lucia: Inspiring social change through football CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Sacred Sports Foundation (SSF) in Saint Lucia, is a FIFA-Football for Hope-supported NGO. Girls are part of an initiative spread across the island. A core aspect of the programme is creating a safe space through development and training in appropriate child safeguarding...

Sports Commentary: The Grenada Football Association is on a suicide mission

December 1, 2016
Sports Commentary: The Grenada Football Association is on a suicide mission The destruction of the very essence of association football in Grenada since it was formed in 1924 entered its preparatory stage on July 2, 2016, when 18 clubs voted to strip 30 of the 40 clubs of their direct voting right; their direct right to attend Grenada Football Association (GFA) meetings...

Commentary: Women soccer players in 'match of their lives'

November 25, 2016
Commentary: Women soccer players in 'match of their lives' To be fair, it’s complicated. After all, this is not an apples-to-apples case of women doing the same work as men, in the same workplace, for less pay.  Not least because women soccer players do not generate as much interest, let alone as much revenue, as men soccer players.

Still no jail for former Cayman Islands football chief as sentencing hearing postponed again

November 16, 2016
Still no jail for former Cayman Islands football chief as sentencing hearing postponed again GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- For the third time over the last year, the US federal sentencing hearing for Jeffrey Webb for his convictions in the FIFA bribery scandal has been put off and the former Cayman Islands and regional football boss remains under a limited house arrest.

Another man accused in FIFA bribery scandal expected to admit crimes

October 21, 2016
Another man accused in FIFA bribery scandal expected to admit crimes GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Aaron Davidson, who co-founded the North American Soccer League, is expected to plead guilty today for his part in the massive FIFA scandal, in which he secured multi-million dollar TV contracts by bribing officials, such as Cayman Islander...

Commentary: Grenada Football Association and local media are not highlighting talented rural footballers

October 14, 2016
Commentary: Grenada Football Association and local media are not highlighting talented rural footballers Whenever young men from the rural and urban communities commit crimes in Grenada, the local media quick to take their photos and put on the front page of newspapers, but these same media persons will never go to the rural parishes, when the best football players are playing in...

Former Cayman Islands football official seeks separate trial in FIFA corruption case

September 21, 2016
Former Cayman Islands football official seeks separate trial in FIFA corruption case GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Former Cayman Islands football official Costas Takkas, who was netted in the massive FIFA corruption scandal alongside his former colleague, Jeffery Webb, and numerous other regional football officials, is attempting to get a separate trial.

Former FIFA vice president banned for life from football

September 12, 2016
Former FIFA vice president banned for life from football GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- FIFA has banned its former vice president, Cayman Islander Jeffrey Webb, from football for life and will be issuing a fine in excess of US$1 million to the former president of both CIFA and CONCACAF. In a statement on Friday from the scandal...

Swiss open new football probe on Germany's 2006 World Cup

September 2, 2016
Swiss open new football probe on Germany's 2006 World Cup GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The FIFA corruption scandal that has shaken the entire football world has moved to Germany. Swiss authorities have now launched an investigation into the German Football Association and four officials, including veteran international football...

Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union

July 27, 2016
Controversial Cayman Islander joins executive of regional football union GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The vice president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA), Bruce Blake, has secured a seat on the executive committee of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) after elections in Miami this weekend. Blake, who has yet to explain fully...

Sports Commentary: A Caribbean-American U-12 midfielder who plays up

July 6, 2016
Sports Commentary: A Caribbean-American U-12 midfielder who plays up Twelve- year-old Alanna Finn is a defensive midfielder who plays up with the U-14 Girls’ team of the Maryland Rush Montgomery Soccer club in the Super Y Soccer league. Finn’s style of play is attaching with sudden bursts of explosive speed. She often develops a play from deep...

St Lucian youth selected for international youth leadership forum

June 20, 2016
St Lucian youth selected for international youth leadership forum CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Canaries native and youth leader Vernet Longville will soon be taking the trip of a lifetime to Lyon in France to represent Saint Lucia and the Caribbean at a prestigious international youth forum. Longville, a young teacher at the Canaries Infant School, has been...

Sentencing delayed in Cayman Islander's FIFA conviction

June 6, 2016
Sentencing delayed in Cayman Islander's FIFA conviction GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- The anticipated sentencing of former CIFA and CONCACAF president, Jeffrey Webb, has been postponed by a New York judge. The disgraced Cayman Islands football official who rose to the dizzy heights of vice president of FIFA was convicted...

Embattled Cayman Islands Football Association elects new president

May 30, 2016
Embattled Cayman Islands Football Association elects new president GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Local footballer Lee Ramoon has been elected as the new Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) president and has promised to regain the trust of the members, sponsors, the public and government, but he said it would take time to turn...

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