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Gordon Derrick appeals FIFA election case

Caribbean soccer leader Gordon Derrick has testified at the Court of Arbitration for Sport to challenge being barred from an election to become a FIFA vice president.

CAS said after the appeal hearing Monday that a verdict in Derrick’s case against FIFA is expected early next year. Derrick, the Caribbean Football Union president from Antigua, failed an eligibility test in April to be a candidate for the presidency of CONCACAF, the governing body of North and Central America and the Caribbean.

CONCACAF’s president also has FIFA vice president status and joins FIFA’s strategy-setting council. As part of anti-corruption reforms at FIFA, candidates for top jobs and elected positions must now pass integrity checks.

The FIFA audit and compliance committee did not publicly specify in April why Derrick was barred from the vote. It intervened after reviewing information from United States-based lawyers retained by CONCACAF.

Derrick was reprimanded by the FIFA ethics committee in 2011 in a wide-ranging investigation of alleged Caribbean bribery in that year’s FIFA presidential election. Details of his case were not specified then.

In 2014, FIFA also imposed a 30,000 Swiss franc ($29,600) fine on the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association — where Derrick is general secretary — for mortgaging its technical center in breach of rules overseeing spending on development projects funded from Zurich.

The CONCACAF election was won in May by Victor Montagliani of Canada in a two-candidate vote.

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Jade Webster

Jade Webster

Jade Webster has rejoined the Cayman 27 Team as Sports Reporter/ Producer in August 2016. Jade has a background in News and has developed a passion for Sports while covering international Games. Jade was one of 35 Young Reporters selected worldwide to be apart of the Young Reporters Programme by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) at the Second Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. She was awarded the 'Best IOC Young Reporter', and went on to cover the Second Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lilehammer, Norway. Jade was also selected as a Young Reporter in 2015 to cover the Toronto Pan American Games, where she was awarded a Hockey Stick for her hard-work and dedication. Jade was the Press Officer for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janerio, Brazil. She graduated with honors in Broadcast Journalism from the University of South Florida

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