FIFA-fined Derrick is Caribbean soccer’s new president

BUDAPEST, Hungary, Friday May 25, 2012 – Antiguan Gordon Derrick, an official reprimanded in a FIFA ethics probe, has been elected as the new president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) a year after Trinidad’s Austin “Jack” Warner quit the job amid corruption allegations.

Derrick, 43, takes over from acting president Yves Jean-Bart of Haiti, who assumed the role following Warner’s suspension by FIFA last year for an alleged role in the “cash for votes” scandal surrounding former Asian soccer chief Mohamed Bin Hammam.

Derrick was also reprimanded and fined by FIFA in November 2011 following their investigation into alleged “ethics violations” relating to the Bin Hammam case.

Derrick, who has been the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association general secretary since 2004, defeated rivals Luis Hernandez of Cuba, Ronald Jones of Barbados and Harold Taylor of Trinidad and Tobago in the vote held in the Hungarian capital ahead of the FIFA congress.

The controversial Warner had headed the CFU since 1983 and also dominated CONCACAF, the regional soccer confederation for the Caribbean and North and Central America.

CONCACAF also elected a new president at their congress in Budapest, choosing Cayman Islands Football Association president Jeffrey Webb, the only candidate to have been nominated for the post.

Webb, 47, a banker by profession, had headed a “Normalization Committee” to help clean up the act in the Caribbean after four officials were banned; three, including Derrick, were reprimanded, and five were given warnings after the FIFA probe.

The cases related to a meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad on May 10 and 11, 2011 where it was alleged that Bin Hammam, who was standing against Sepp Blatter for president of FIFA, doled out bribes to Caribbean members of CONCACAF.

Bin Hammam is currently appealing his life ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne. The verdict is expected next month.

The Qatari has denied the charges against him which led to a suspension that caused him to withdraw from the election with Blatter. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)