Editorial for 1 August: Clearing things up with FIFA


The Cayman Islands Football Association has, unfortunately,
found itself having to respond in a nasty investigation by the world’s football
governing body into a meeting held in Trinidad where bribes were offered.

A Page 1 article in the Friday edition of the Caymanian
Compass quoted coach Jeff Webb about the investigation.

We have to make it clear that Mr. Webb was not at the meeting
in Trinidad; in fact he was not even in Trinidad. The quotes made in the story
came via the Cayman Islands Football Association on behalf of Mr. Webb.

The exact quote given to the Caymanian Compass is: “The
Cayman Islands Football Association is aware of the ongoing investigation
surrounding the special meeting of the Caribbean Football Union on 10-11 May,
2011, in Trinidad. As has been widely reported in the international press, the
initial report to the FIFA Ethics Committee highlighted the fact that the
Bahamas Football Association, the Bermuda Football Association, the Cayman
Islands Football Association and Turks and Caicos Islands Football Association
refused to accept the gift that was offered at the special meeting. The CIFA
will continue to fully cooperate with the investigators, the FIFA Ethics
Committee, and the FIFA in relation to this investigation. As this is an
ongoing investigation, the CIFA cannot comment further.”

At the heart of the investigation is Qatar football figure
Mohamed Bin Hammam, the former Federation International de Football Association
official who has allegedly been propositioning heads of Caribbean football
associations to get votes in his bid to be president of FIFA.

Several Caribbean football associations were at the meeting
in Trinidad, but Mr. Webb was not there.

It is of utmost importance that the Cayman Islands is
cleared of any wrongdoing in this investigation, because neither our football
association nor Mr. Webb took any part in the bribery.

CIFA has and continues to do what’s right in the eyes of
FIFA and football worldwide to keep its name, as well as the name of our
country, free from scandal.



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