Ex-minister gets soccer court role

Lawyer and former Tourism Minister Cline Glidden has been seconded to regional football governing body CONCACAF to assist in establishing a new dispute resolution court for the sport based in the Cayman Islands. 

The territory has been selected as the likely destination for a planned center of arbitration for all football matters within the Americas region. 

Mr. Glidden, a former vice president of the Cayman Islands Football Association, now with law firm Ogier, will advise on the legal, logistic and administration process involved in setting up the new court. He will be on a six-month secondment with CONCACAF, the governing body for the sport in the Caribbean and Central America.  

CONMEBOL, the governing body for soccer in South America, is also involved in the process of setting up the arbitration panel, which would handle all disputes across both regions. 

Jeffrey Webb, president of CONCACAF, said, “It is a pleasure to engage Mr. Glidden’s expertise and experience to assist with this arbitration process.” 

James Bergstrom, regional managing partner of Ogier, said, “Mr. Glidden is well known for his contributions in the community, and we are happy to partner with President Jeffrey Webb and CONCACAF with this initiative, which we are confident will be a great opportunity for the entire Cayman Islands. We are excited to play a role in this initiative and look forward to Cline using his wide range of public and private sector experience and skills to assist with this very important initiative, which will be useful for the continued development of his legal career.” 

It is envisaged that the arbitration court will cover all football-related disputes, from contract wrangles to doping cases.  

Mr. Gildden was unavailable for comment Thursday. 

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