T&T has improved in its ranking on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), moving from 101 in 2016, to 77 in 2017.
The country recorded a score of 41 to go with its improved ranking.
Carl Phillip, a former executive member of the Grenada Football Association has called upon the current administration to state publicly whether or not it received any of the alleged bribe money during a Caribbean Football Union meeting in Trinidad on May 10 and 11 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Wrightson Road. Phillip, who served under the previous GFA administration led by Ashley “Ram” Folkes, has challenged the GFA hierarchy to give cogent proof that they either did, or did not accept an alleged US $40,000 to influence the outcome of Wednesday’s FIFA presidential vote in Zurich, Switzerland.
The incumbent Sepp Blatter was re-elected without opposition as expected candidate Mohamed bin Hammam withdrew from the race after he and Concacaf president Jack Warner were temporarily suspended. The two were suspended from all connections with the game by the FIFA ethics committee pending an investigation carded for next month after it was stated that both men had a case to answer against bribery allegations brought forward by fired Concacaf general secretary Chuck Blazer.
According to reports, five CFU members rejected the offers of individual payments of US$40,000 in $100 bills.
However 13 of the 25 CFU members have since written statements in support of Warner who denied any such offers were made. Caribbean officials were then warned by Blazer to pay back the cash they might have been given during the controversial specially convened CFU meeting or face investigation.
While it has been reported that Bahamas and Turks and Caicos have provided evidence to support Blazer’s claims, the other CFU members have not done so. While it has been reported Bahamas, and Turks and Caicos have provided evidence to support the allegations, no other CFU member has done so which has angered Phillip.
GFA president Chenny Joseph, general secretary Victor Daniel, and head of the finance committee Wayne Joseph attended the Trinidad meeting, but they have not returned as yet from Zurich where they attended the FIFA congress that re-elected Sepp Blatter as president for a fourth term. Phillip said, “Well, I am just waiting to hear what the GFA has to say. I am waiting as they have been very vocal in the past.”
“I want them to let the Grenadian people know if they stood up and didn’t take the (money), or come clean and apologise and do the correct thing. Give back the money and demit office. Don’t wait to be kicked out. Demit office.”
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