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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...

Canadian football chief elected CONCACAF president

May 13, 2016
Canadian football chief elected CONCACAF president MEXICO CITY, Mexico (CNS) -- With the last three of the regional football association’s presidents having been charged with corruption offences in the massive global FIFA scandal, the president of the Canadian Soccer Association has been elected as the new head of the Confederation...

Sports Commentary: Leicester a reminder of Windies of old

May 12, 2016
Sports Commentary: Leicester a reminder of Windies of old Leicester City: A football team that cost about 44 million pounds (about US$68 million) to assemble, much cheaper than the cost of a top individual football player these days. For instance, the market value, which includes club salary for Lionel Messi of Argentina and Barcelona is estimated...

FIFA seeks lifetime football ban for former vice president

May 5, 2016
FIFA seeks lifetime football ban for former vice president GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Cayman’s fallen football hero, Jeffrey Webb, is facing a lifetime ban from the sport as FIFA’s adjudicatory chamber of the Ethics Committee, chaired by Hans-Joachim Eckert, opened formal proceedings against him this week. The ethics case is based...

Where are Caribbean footballers now?

April 23, 2016
Where are Caribbean footballers now? LONDON, England -- The Caribbean has had a strong history of producing quality players who have plied their trade in the Premier League. Dwight Yorke is the most notable name to emerge from the region, becoming the most successful player from Trinidad and Tobago by winning the...

Former Cayman Islands football chief 'regrets' illegal conduct in guilty plea

April 20, 2016
Former Cayman Islands football chief 'regrets' illegal conduct in guilty plea GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- When Jeffrey Webb pleaded guilty in a New York court last year, the disgraced former Cayman Islands football hero admitted using his position as the former president of CIFA and CONCACAF and vice president of FIFA for his own personal benefit.

Former president of Honduras football federation pleads guilty to racketeering and corruption

March 29, 2016
Former president of Honduras football federation pleads guilty to racketeering and corruption BROOKLYN, USA -- On Monday in federal court in Brooklyn, New York, Rafael Callejas, the president of the Honduran football federation (FENAFUTH) from 2002 to 2015, pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in connection with his receipt of bribes in exchange...

Former Cayman Islands Football Association official sent to US in FIFA scandal

March 24, 2016
Former Cayman Islands Football Association official sent to US in FIFA scandal GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands (CNS) -- Costas Takkas, the former secretary-general of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA) and one time attaché to Jeffrey Webb when he was president of CONCACAF, has been extradited to the US ten months after he was arrested in Zürich.

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