FIFA: Two in the clear
DAVE HINDS and Mark ‘Bob’ Forde are all smiles today.
They always said that they never took the US$40 000 bribe on offer at the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) delegates meeting last May. And yesterday, the sport’s world governing body FIFA, officially said they were telling the truth.
Hinds, the general secretary of the Barbados Football Association, and Forde, a long-serving FIFA referee were however shown a yellow card for not reporting what went on during that delegates meeting in Trinidad and Tobago at which former Asian soccer chief, Mohammad bin Hammam, offered delegates envelopes with the money, in return for their votes during FIFA’s presidential elections.
Hinds and Forde, under serious social pressure to prove their innocence since the scandal broke two months ago, can now breathe a sigh of relief. They were both found guilty of not fulfilling their duty of reporting and disclosure to FIFA, under the general rules and confidentiality. (BA)
Full story in today’s SATURDAY SUN.