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Widespread suspensions in FIFA bribery scandal

The Americas Post- Guzman suspended for 30 days by FIFA

The president of the Dominican Soccer Association, Osiris Guzman, has been suspended for 30 days by the FIFA Ethics Commission, in relation to a potential bribery case.

On August 11, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) initiated proceedings against 16 managers of the Caribbean Soccer Union who were suspected of taking US$40,000 in bribes in return for their support of Mohamed Bin Hammam’s bid to become president of that organization.

During his suspension, Guzman is prohibited from all soccer related activities, whether administrative or athletic.

In the same case FIFA has suspended Frank Pickering (British Virgin Islands) for 18 months, Horace Burrell (Jamaica) for six months, and Ian Hypolite (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) for 30 days.

Additionally, fines of 300 Swiss francs were imposed upon directors Aubrey Liburd (British Virgin Islands) and Hillaren Frederick (U.S. Virgin Islands).  Anthony Johnson (St. Kitts & Nevis) received a public rebuke from FIFA.

David Hinds (Barbados), Mark Bob Forde (Barbados), Richard Groden (Trinidad & Tobago), Yves Jean-Bart (Haiti) y Horace Reid (Jamaica), received warnings as well.