ROSEAU, Dominica, Monday, July 2, 2012 – After serving for more than 16 years as president of the Dominica Football Association (DFA), Patrick John has been banned from football administration for the remainder of his term, which was due to expire in 2015.
According to Dominica media reports, this sentence was handed down against the former prime minister early on Saturday (June 30) when the association of football clubs voted to place a total ban on its president. The vote was reportedly carried 24 to 7 at Football House in Bath Estate.
The ban comes after the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the world governing body for football, placed a two year ban on John from all football activity and fined him 3000 Swiss francs in November 2011. At the time, FIFA said that John was among 11 Caribbean football leaders sanctioned for their parts in an alleged bribery plot involving former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam and former Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) president and sitting minister Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago.
According to FIFA, the Caribbean officials were allegedly offered or received US$40,000 cash payments during bin Hammam’s campaign visit to Trinidad in May 2011 to support the candidate against Sepp Blatter in the run for FIFA President.
John has had a chequered history in Dominican football. After serving as DFA president from 1992 to 2006 he was ousted. In 2007, he was named to the Caribbean Football Conference (CONCAF) Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was returned to the helm of the DFA by a vote of 23 to 8.
At the time of his election in 2008 John promised that he would serve for only two years and then step aside, but that never happened.
Since Saturday’s vote, John has reportedly not spoken to the press nor issued any statement on the matter.