FIFA’s Ethics Committee Redefines “Slap On The Wrist”

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Written By Chris Azzopardi

On Friday, the FIFA ethics committee announced sentences for parties involved with the totally shocking, nobody had any idea this kind of thing went down bribery scandal that led to the resignation of CONCACAF President Jack Warner. And what were the damning verdicts handed down? Actually, not much…

A 22 month ban,  a 4 month suspended ban, 1 year of probation, a fine of 1,700 Swiss Francs.

That’s not the sentence handed out to each party involved. If it were, it would be a very lenient sentence considering what went down. No, that, along with five warnings and three reprimands, is the combined punishments of no less than twelve CFU officials.

From the FIFA website:

Franka Pickering (British Virgin Islands) has been banned for a period of 18 months from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) and has received a fine of CHF 500.

Horace Burrell (Jamaica) has been banned for a period of six months from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other). The Ethics Committee decided to suspend three months of the ban, subject to a probationary period of two years.

Osiris Guzman (Dominican Republic) has been banned for a period of 30 days from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) and has received a fine of CHF 300. The Ethics Committee decided to suspend 15 days of the ban, subject to a probationary period of six months.

Ian Hypolite (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) has been banned for a period of 30 days from taking part in any football-related activity (administrative, sports or any other) and has received a fine of CHF 300. The Ethics Committee decided to suspend 15 days of the ban, subject to a probationary period of six months.

Aubrey Liburd (British Virgin Islands) has received a reprimand and a fine of CHF 300. Hillaren Frederick (US Virgin Islands) has received a reprimand and a fine of CHF 300. Anthony Johnson (St. Kitts and Nevis) has received a reprimand but no fine.

The following officials have received a warning:

David Hinds (Barbados), Mark Bob Forde (Barbados), Richard Groden (Trinidad & Tobago), Yves Jean-Bart (Haiti) and Horace Reid (Jamaica)

Felix Ledesma (Dominican Republic) was considered not to have committed any violation.

The hearing of Noel Adonis (Guyana) has been postponed, while in the case of Patrick Mathurin (St. Lucia), more information is required and therefore no decision has been taken at this stage.

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