Local football official entangled in FIFA bribery probe


    Cayman Islands Football Association Vice
    President David Frederick is under investigation by a committee
    of football’s international governing body.

    FIFA’s ethics committee is
    looking into whether Mr. Frederick and 15 others in the Caribbean
    region breached ethics rules in the wake of the bribery scandal that
    saw Mohamed Bin Hammam banned for life, ESPN.com has reported. Bin Hammam
    allegedly offered cash bribes to Caribbean football association officials in
    exchange for votes in his bid to be FIFA president. 

    FIFA’s case was built on whistleblowers’
    evidence from Cayman along with the Bahamas, Bermuda and Turks and Caicos
    Islands. According to the Associated Press all 16 individuals implicated
    were offered brown envelopes stuffed with four piles of $100 bills. 

    Witnesses told FIFA that Jack Warner,
    a former top football official, said he had advised bin Hammam to
    bring the cash equivalent of any proposed gift. 

    Officials from Puerto Rico, Surinam, Aruba,
    Curacao and Grenada have cooperated with the FIFA investigation by confirming
    they were offered $40,000 payments. A 10th Caribbean Football
    Union member, Cuba, did not attend the conference in Port of Spain,

    The local football association said
    last month that initial reports from FIFA indicated it had refused to accept
    any bribes.  

    The following is the text of the statement from
    the local football association that the Caymanian Compass received in July:
    “The Cayman Islands Football Association (“CIFA”) 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.” 

    The Compass has attempted to contact CIFA
    for a further statement regarding the investigation. Thus far, no response has
    been received.  



    Mr. Frederick


    FIFA Ethics Committee chairman Petrus Damaseb talks to the media at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, Saturday, July 23, 2011. FIFA banned Mohamed bin Hammam from football for life on Saturday after finding him guilty of bribing presidential election voters. The FIFA ethics panel ruled that the Qatari candidate conspired to pay Caribbean officials $40,000 cash bribes to back his ultimately abandoned challenge to FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
    AP Photo/Keystone/Alessandro Della Bella


    1. The Compass has attempted to contact CIFA for a further statement regarding the investigation. Thus far, no response has been received.

      This comes as no surprise.

      The problem in Cayman is that the general football community in Cayman, as well as the public, depends on CIFA for knowledge and information on the workings of international football and FIFA.

      Cayman is not a traditional footballing country where the game belongs to the people, lke in Europe, South and Central America.

      CIFA should be suspended from all football activities by FIFA until the administration of the game in the Cayman Islands is replaced with more honest people…

      And the RCIPS should now begin a criminal bribery investigation.

      This is because CIFA receives significant funding from the CI Government Sports Ministry and by association, if this investigation gets any bigger, the CI Government will become involved anyway.

      It pains me deeply to see the game that I played so well and gave so much of my time and effort to in Cayman come to this point.

      And this has now become the ultimate result; what a crying shame !

    2. Where is the proof? I don’t know why everyone in Cayman is so quick to shoot down and suspect people of the worst all the time. I think that is the underlining problem on this island.

    3. Where is the proof? I don’t know why everyone in Cayman is so quick to shoot down and suspect people of the worst all the time. I think that is the underlining problem on this island

      This is a perfect example of what I’ve said before…people involved in football rely and depend on CIFA for their understanding and knowledge of events in the world of international football…they know nothing themselves.

      You obviously are not aware that an investigation into this bribery scandal was ordered by FIFA and Louis Freeh, the ex-head of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (have you ever heard of the FBI?)was contracted for this job.

      You are talking of one of the world’s top investigators who was formally head of one of the world’s most incorruptable and efficient law enforcement agencies.

      These charges have been laid based on the evidence uncovered in this investigation and will stand up in any court of law.

      That is your evidence, if you care to acknowledge it.

      Opinions in this matter in the Cayman Islands and Cayman football community matters not one jot or tittle whether it is believed or not; this is an international scandal that will have its own consequences for all those involved.

      The Cayman Islands Football is facing suspension from FIFA if its executive chiefs do not step down immediately, as Jack Warner has done.

      If they do, CIFA continues as members of FIFA and CONCACAF; if they do not, CIFA itself, as an organization, will be suspended from all football, worldwide.

      Lets see if Caymanian football is bigger than any one or two people and Cayman’s football clubs call a congress immediately and requests that CIFA’s executive committee steps down and new members are elected, to save Cayman’s football.

    4. My initial post on Cayman was as Sports Editor, it bought me into regular contact with CIFA.

      Apart from some minor local issues I found CIFA refreshingly free of this kind of thing, no hint of scandal in my two year stint just a sincere desire to promote football on the islands.

      I agree with firery and Kanderson that these allegations need to be treated with extreme caution because FIFA is now undertaking what looks like a massive damage limitation exercise, which could include spreading any blame as far and wide as possible.

      IMHO this is smoke and mirrors to shift the investigation away from where the real problem lies – Sepp Blatter’s office.

      Read – http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1335787/Boris-Johnson-kicks-FIFA-chiefs-Dorchester-London-2012-Olympics.html

    5. John Evans

      I’d have thought you had enough self-created problems in the world of your chosen profession of British journalism…

      To be trying to take advantage of Cayman’s self-created football problems, at this time.

      Didn’t Operation Tempura teach you anything at all ?

    6. John Evans

      That’s a decision that’s totally at your discretion; if it assists in the promotion of your personal profile, there is abosolutely nothing wrong with that.

      After all, you are a journalist and credit for your work and opinions is important to your career.

      My comments have to do with you jumping on the band-wagon of CIFA’s problems at this time, when having little back-ground knowledge on which to base an opinion and inferring that my comments were defending CIFA in any way.

      That first paragraph in my commentary on the topic was the quote from another reader to which I was responding and I believe that you were quite aware of that.

      Your position in attempting to justify CIFA’s involvement in this disgraceful bribery scandal has more to do the with defending the English FA’s position of attacking FIFA because of having lost out in the 2018 WC bid; all you’ve done is taken the British politically correct position without addressing CIFA’s wrongdoing in this particular case.

      Yes, FIFA is an istitutionally corrupt organization because of how its administrative structure is set up; that does not signify that every single football association or administrator in FIFA is corrupt.

      This is not the first time that direct corruption has been detected in FIFA and when it has been found, it has been punished by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.

      I might also need to remind you that CIFA’s president is also the Deputy Chairman of FIFA’s Audit Committee and therefore charged with ensuring honesty in all of FIFA’s financial affairs; does this make CIFA’s involvement any at all in taking bribes appear any worse to you?

      It certainly might, when FIFA begins to dole out sanctions and suspensions.

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