Officials from the Féderation Internationale de Football Association confirmed that the organization’s investigations concerning the bribery scandal revolving around former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam are continuing. It all started when FIFA general secretary and U.S. national Chuck Blazer blew the whistle on the alleged bribery scheme planned and executed by Mohamed Bin Hammam for votes in the FIFA presidential election.
Despite insisting that he was innocent, Mohamed Bin Hammam was permanently banned from football for allegedly attempting to bribe the entirety of the Caribbean Football Union and others in the CONCACAF.
Chuck Blazer, who was also investigated by the Ethics Committee after former FBI director Louis Freeh’s hired agency found suspicious payments numbering in the hundreds of thousands of U.S. dollars to Blazer’s offshore accounts in the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands, was accused of “conspiracy” by Hammam so that Joseph Sepp Blatter would be automatically re-elected for a fourth term without any opposition.
Jack Warner, the former CONCACAF president and former FIFA vice-president who resigned in the wake of the ethics probe, also protested his innocence but came under investigation.
Eight federation presidents from St. Lucia, St. Vincent, the U.S. Virgin Islands, St. Kitts and Nevis, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guyana and the British Virgin Islands also came under investigation along with 16 other Caribbean football officials.
FIFA committee members Horace Burrell and Colin Klass were suspended, Klass for 26 months and Burrell for six while six other elected officials were also banned temporarily.
Now, FIFA has put more 10 more Caribbean football officials under investigation.
Others currently being investigated even include the former prime minister Patrick John of the Dominican Republic and Trinidad’s general secretary Oliver Camps.
Others include Raymond Guishard, Damien Hughes, Everton Gonsalves, Derrick Gordon, Lionel Haven, Philippe White, Vincent Cassell, and Tandica Hughes.
The upper echelon in FIFA is currently in turmoil as Hammam appeals against his life ban at court, more than a dozen officials are being investigated and Jack Warner threatens to reveal allegations which he hinted would implicate Joseph Sepp Blatter.
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