Frederick under FIFA investigation

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

The Fédération Internationale de Football Association 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. Bin Hammam allegedly offered cash bribes to Caribbean football association officials in exchange for votes in his bid to be FIFA president.

Over the weekend, Mr. Frederick released a brief statement stating his position in t
he matter.

“I … am aware of the recent developments with the ongoing FIFA ethics investigation. I will continue to cooperate fully with FIFA in its investigation in bringing this matter to a satisfactory resolution.”

FIFA’s case was built on whistle blowers’ 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 said former FIFA Vice President and head of the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football Jack Warner said he had advised bin Hammam to bring the cash equivalent of any proposed gift. Mr. Warner, an elected member of the Trinidad and Tobago parliament, resigned from all of his positions in international football in June after being investigated for ethics violations.

Officials from Puerto Rico, Suriname, 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, Trinidad.

Cayman’s football association also released a statement about Mr. Frederick’s involvement in the scandal.

“The football association is aware of the recent developments with the ongoing FIFA investigation into the Caribbean Football Union meeting on 10 and 11 May 2011. The association is taking this matter very seriously and will continue to cooperate fully with the FIFA ethics committee in their investigation. We would like to stress at this time that David Frederick has not been suspended nor has he been charged with any wrongdoing and has offered his full cooperation to FIFA in their investigation.”

Last month, the association issued an initial statement saying that early reports from FIFA indicated it had refused to accept any bribes.

“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 statement read. However, CIFA General Secretary Bruce Blake later stated that no member of CIFA had been offered a bribe at the meetings.

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