Earlier this year, allegations were levelled against Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar and Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago – FIFA senior executives – suggesting that in an attempt to influence the vote at the presidential elections, they offered $40,000 bribes to football associations across the Caribbean. It is also alleged that this was done in an attempt to unseat President Sepp Blatter.
MiyVue.com contacted and spoke with President of the St. Kitts Nevis Football Association (SKNFA), lawyer Anthony Johnson about whether or not the local football association was implicated in this matter. He indicated that a press release on this matter would be forthcoming which would be the association’s official statement on the issue.
Asked if he himself would not make a comment on the matter, Johnson reiterated that the press release would be the Association’s official release.
The release, issued yesterday afternoon (6th June), indicates that the SKNFA is aware of the investigation
“The St. Kitts Nevis Football Association (SKNFA) is aware of the announcement by FIFA to conduct an investigation into possible violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics, which include allegations of bribery surrounding the May 10th – 11th, 2011 meeting of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) held in Trinidad and Tobago.
“The investigation is centered around four (4) individuals none of whom are SKNFA officials. The SKNFA has not been advised of any investigation against the organization or any of its officials in relation to the said allegations.”
The release however explains that while the SKNFA was not offered a bribe, because of its membership of the Caribbean Football Union, it would be indirectly affected by the investigations.
“Further, the SKNFA wishes to place on record that our organization was not at any time offered nor did we receive any bribe or other such inducement in connection with the FIFA Presidential Elections. However, we do appreciate that as a member of CFU, the SKNFA will be indirectly impacted by the investigation, but at the same time it does not involve or affect us directly.”