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Caribbean Football Union (CFU) official Jason Sylvester presented the gifts, including US$40,000, to the Suriname board after a meeting with Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam of Qatar. Bin Hammam was among four people suspended by FIFA for alleged roles in the attempted bribery of 25 CFU associations in the build-up to FIFA presidential elections.
Bin Hammam challenged FIFA President Sepp Blatter for the top football post but bowed out after being charged. Blatter was re-elected unopposed on June 1. As the FIFA investigates allegations of bribery, the SVB has offered all assistance and has faxed all official documents sent by CFU for the meeting with Bim Hammen in Trinidad on June 6 to the FIFA inquiry authorities. “We are a small country, but will never under any circumstances take bribes or material,” SVB chairman Louis Giskus told AFP. “Now we just wait for the FIFA ethical commission to tell us what to do now.”
PARAMARIBO (Reuters) – The Suriname Football Association President received a gift of $40,000 after a meeting with suspended Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam and was told the cash came from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), he said on Thursday.
FIFA is investigating events surrounding the meeting after allegations were made of bribery, Trinidadian Jack Warner, president of the CFU and CONCACAF, has been suspended by FIFA’s ethics committee along with Bin Hammam, pending a full investigation. The Puerto Rican Football Federation has also confirmed receiving money and, like Suriname, has offered to give it back.
Suriname FA president Louis Giskus, who is co-operating with FIFA’s inquiry, told Reuters that he received gifts of a projector and a laptop along with a brown envelope containing US$40,000. “We have told FIFA about the gifts. The money is in our bank account. After we received the gifts, we decided not to use the gifts and we will keep the money in the bank until FIFA give us indication what to do,” he said.
PARAMARIBO/ZURICH– Suriname football is set to receive a US$ 300,000 injection from the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and the Suriname Football Union SVB “will spend it properly, as its boards sees fit”, GFC Nieuws reports. Members will present proposals for projects to the SVB board.
“The funds are to be invested first and foremost in the development of football and to enable FIFA member associations to take part in FIFA competitions,” FIFA said in a statement Friday.
The statement said that every soccer nation is to receive $300,000 as a share of profits from the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. FIFA says the payment is in addition to the $250,000 every country gets annually toward its soccer development and running costs. FIFA’s annual financial report in March is expected to reveal total commercial revenues of around $3.4 billion for the four-year cycle of 2007-2010.