Foul play? Curious Derick questions timing of rejection for CONCACAF presidency

first_imgPresident of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Gordon Derrick has expressed disappointment following the rejection of his candidacy for the CONCACAF presidency, this after FIFA announced he had failed an integrity check.In a media release issued yesterday, Gordon, who also serves as the president of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, noted that he found his non-admittance for the CONCACAF presidential election odd given what he termed the minute nature of the cited offence.CONCACAF, the football authority for the North America, Central America and Caribbean region, is expected to elect a new president on May 12 in Mexico City. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and is a member of the organisation’s executive committee, which will be known as the FIFA Council.Derrick outlined that he received a letter from FIFA’s Audit and Compliance Committee chairman, Domenico Scala, on April 12, 2016, which informed him that he could not be admitted as a candidate for the election of the office of FIFA vice-president.He further noted that the correspondence cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand in the wake of the Mohammed Bin Hamman matter, which saw several regional football leaders fined and charged with receiving cash payments during Bin Hamman’s failed bid to become FIFA president.BARRED FROM CONTESTINGDerrick noted with interest that he is being barred from contesting for the post for what he deems a minor offence.”Mr Domenico Scala cited a November 17, 2011 reprimand following the Bin Hammam matter, for which I was fined CHF 300, and an ongoing investigation that began over a year ago, on March 6, 2015. I find it curious that the reprimand of 2011 was too minute to warrant an appeal and further that the principal person in the matter was vindicated upon his appeal, yet this was deemed significant enough to derail my candidacy,” read Derrick’s statement.”It is equally interesting that the investigation opened against me by the FIFA Ethics Committee has been prolonged for over a year and was used as the second plank upon which I was disqualified. Given the series of events leading up to this announcement, I am not surprised, but I am nonetheless disappointed and concerned,” Derrick said before stating that he is now considering his options.”This disappointment and concern is not just for myself. It extends to football in the region and the course our development agenda seems set to take. I am carefully considering my next move and hope to make a more comprehensive statement in due course,” the statement continued.The development means that Bermuda’s Larry Mussenden and Canada’s Victor Montagliani are the remaining candidates for the CONCACAF presidency.CONCACAF’s last three presidents – Austin ‘Jack’ Warner, Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – have all been booted for their alleged involvement in the corruption scandal that has rocked FIFA.last_img read more

Benefit to aid victims’ children

first_imgWEST COVINA – Grief over the loss of a West Covina couple killed when a car fleeing from gunfire crashed into them has stretched through several communities. From Alejandro and Ester Posada’s small cul-de-sac neighborhood off Cameron Avenue, to the Los Angeles neighborhood of Boyle Heights where they were killed, to the music community at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, where their son, Alex, attends, people are offering to help the Posada family pick up the pieces of their shattered lives. On Friday, the music program at Alex Posada’s prestigious high school is putting on a benefit for him and his 9-year-old brother, Bryan. The benefit will feature the school’s jazz ensemble, vocal jazz group, gospel choir, full circle opera, concert choir and orchestra, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“The students are really coming together,” said Alan Mautner, the school’s orchestra director. “They all want to help Alex out.” The Posadas were coming home May 7 from a concert at the Downey Civic Theater where Alex Posada played bassoon when their Toyota van was side-swiped by a Chevrolet Caprice carrying three men fleeing from gunfire at a Boyle Heights park. In the van were Alejandro, Ester, Alex and Bryan Posada, as well as an unidentified teenage friend of the family. All the money raised during the concert will go to the Posada family, Castro said. The concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Luckman Auditorium on the campus of Cal State Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive. Tickets are $25 and $35. Donations for Alex and Bryan Posada can also be sent to the Arts High Foundation, Library North, Room 1034, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90032. Checks can be made out to the Arts High Foundation with Posada Family Fund written in the memo line. For more information, call (323) 343-2554, or e-mail arts- highfoundation@earthlink.net. christina.esparza@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2472160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more