The Cayman Islands Football Association is tied to CONCACAF’s lawsuit versus a leading global tour company.
The governing football body for North America, Central America and the Caribbean is suing Cartan Tours after alleging the company gave kickbacks to the Confederation’s former leaders, including former President of CIFA CONCACAF Jeffrey Webb.
Acting Cayman Islands Football Association President Bruce Blake believes that in this case, CIFA was not defrauded of money.
CONCACAF alleges Cartan gave bribes to Webb, who then awarded the company inflated contracts. The company also loaned CIFA money that Blake says was meant to help CIFA pay off an existing loan that Blake says was originally taken out to pay for fill at CIFA’s Centre of Excellence site.
“The funds that came in from Cartan was a loan to pay down on the Fidelity loan,” Blake said. “We received confirmation from Fidelity that the funds did go into the Fidelity loan account so it wasn’t that those funds didn’t go into the account or wasn’t used to pay down the loan. So from that perspective, I don’t think (money was taken from CIFA).”
He did say that a FIFA legal team — which was already scheduled to arrive in Cayman to pour through past audits completed by former CIFA Treasurer Canover Watson, who was found guilty of fraud last week in an unrelated matter and sentenced to seven years in prison.
“Again, as part of the review of the GOAL project, we’re going to have to look at all of that.”