Warner wants Digicel Cup added to FIFA calendar
PORT-OF-SPAIN – Caribbean football strongman Jack Warner says he will urge FIFA to add the Digicel Caribbean Cup (DCC) to its international calendar.
Warner, who is president of CONCACAF, said there were problems with teams not being able to access their foreign-based players and this move would force clubs to release their players for national duty.
As it stands, the DCC does not fall within the FIFA calendar and clubs are not obligated to release players.
“I intend to approach FIFA with a proposal to include the 2011 dates of what has now become the premiere football tournament in the region,” Warner said.
“I have also heard the numerous complaints of our members over the difficulties they encounter in gaining access to their foreign-based players during this competition.
“If we succeed in our quest to include the tournament in the FIFA calendar, then this challenge would be significantly reduced.
“This competition must be used as a device to propel our talent onto the world stage, and by allowing our local federations greater access to their international talent we will ensure
that the standard of the competition is lifted.” (CMC)