By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] –Head of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Normalization Committee, Clinton Urling says the Association is currently conducting a review of an audit to verify if anything was overlooked and to ensure that the books are clean in light of the recent FIFA scandal which has rocked the rest of the world.
In 2010, FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, which led to reports of vote buying, but that’s not the focus of this particular investigation. This is a federal case, and the indictment deals specifically with alleged fraud and corruption in North and South America.
In the last weeks, several FIFA officials and former Officials including Jack Warner were indicted in the scandal with former CONCACAF General Secretary Chuck Blazer opting to testify against his co-conspirators.
The former General Secretary has admitted that he and other FIFA officials took bribes in connection with the 1998 and 2010 World Cups.
Urling told iNews on Tuesday, June 17 that, “when the US Attorney General made the announcement, she said this is just the tip of the iceberg…the tentacles can widen.”
According to Urling, the future of the case will depend primarily on what evidence and testimony is given by the now whistle blowers.
“A lot of it can depend on what the co-conspirators say….we already know that Chuck Blazer is one of the co-conspirators providing a lot of information so a lot of it will depend on what he says he saw during his tenure,” Urling stated.
It was however noted that thus far, GFF did not receive any requests from any of the regional or world Bodies to provide any information relative to the case, hence Guyana might be in a safe zone, but Urling pointed out that GFF has already begun to take precautions.
“We have not had any request from FIFA or CONCACAF or any other group to provide any information…We are reviewing the audits that were done by Christopher Ram and try to see if there were any discrepancies,” the Normalization Committee Chairman stated.