Grenada Football Association Embroiled in FIFA Scandal?

Recently, according to reports, former player of the Grenada National Football Team, Paul Roberts has indicated to a reporter $20,000 was received by him for the purchase of equipment for a communications department which the GFA has plans of constructing. The reports further suggest that the rational was that that facility would be used to broadcast GFA games live.

Other reports, however, suggest that Chenny Joseph, president of the GFA has indicated that he no public comment will be given by him on the bribery scandal.

Joseph returned to the island Thursday, 2nd June, 2011 after attending the FIFA Congress in Zurich, where Sepp Blatter was re-elected president for a fourth term.

FIFA has launched an investigation into allegations that suspended CONCACAF President Jack Warner and former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed bin Hammam offered US$40,000 to national associations of the Caribbean Football Union in return for their votes in the FIFA presidential election last Wednesday (1st June).

“I do not intend to make any public statements while the matter is under investigation,” Joseph told CMC.

“I am, however, prepared to make public statements once the matter is cleared up at the level of FIFA.”

Carl Phillip, a former executive member of the GFA, has been publicly calling for Joseph to come clean, but the GFA president has stood firm in his defiance.

“The investigation is centred around four individuals none of whom are GFA officials,” said Joseph.

“The GFA has not been advised of any investigation against the organisation, or any of its officials.

“While as a member of the CFU, the GFA will be indirectly impacted by the investigation, it does not involve or affect us directly at this time.”

(Parts of this article were written with content submitted in Caribbeannewsnow and Jamaica Gleaner publications)

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