filthy: Leaked report shows
|By Charles Sale
The full extent of FIFA’s duplicity over arch rogue
Jack Warner escaping bribery charges has been laid
bare by a leaked report of the ethics committee
inquiry into the scandal.
The damning findings produced ‘comprehensive,
convincing and overwhelming evidence’ that both
executive committee members Warner and Mohamed Bin
Hammam were guilty of the cash-for-votes
And FIFA, who have lost all credibility as world
football’s ruling body, knew about these firm
conclusions before they announced last Monday that
they had dropped all investigations into Warner
following his resignation and that ‘the presumption
of innocence is maintained’.
Warner had quit all his international positions in
football on seeing a copy of the report that
described him as being ‘an accessory to corruption’,
clearly jumping before he was pushed and getting the
cosiest of deals in return from FIFA.
This includes a pension of almost £23,000 a year for
life, as Sportsmail revealed on Wednesday. Asian
football chief Bin Hammam, who bankrolled the
$40,000 (£24,800)-a-head bribes at the Caribbean
Football Union summit in Trinidad as part of his
presidential bid, continues to plead his innocence
despite the overwhelming evidence to the contrary
that points to a lifetime ban from football.
To add to a farce that has turned FIFA into a
laughing stock, there were bizarre claims from
Zurich insiders that the executive had not seen
their own ethics committee’s findings on their
decision on May 29 to suspend Warner and Bin Hammam
It was also claimed that the publication of this
interim report would prejudice the ongoing inquiry
being headed by ex-FBI director Louis Freeh.
The 17-page document had been sent from the ethics
committee on June 14 to Bin Hammam and Warner, as
well as to the Trinidad base of the CFU and the
CONCACAF headquarters in New York, from where Warner
allies believe the leak originated. Warner’s
resignation from FIFA came three days later.
The five-strong committee, headed by Namibian judge
Petrus Damaseb, says there was prima facie evidence
that bribes had been offered or paid to 25 members
of the CFU to support Bin Hammam’s presidential
campaign against Sepp Blatter, and that Warner had
facilitated this during a summit at the Hyatt
Regency hotel in Port of Spain on May 10 and 11.
It reported: ‘The comprehensive, convincing and
overwhelming evidence permits to conclude prima
facie that the accused (Jack Warner) has initiated
and arranged a special meeting of the CFU member
associations for Mr Bin Hammam.
‘It seems Mr Bin Hammam offered, at least indirectly
and under the pledge of secrecy, to each of the
member associations an envelope containing $40,000.
‘The FIFA ethics committee is of the primary opinion
that the accused had knowledge of the respective
payments and condoned them. It seems quite likely
that the accused contributed himself to the relevant
actions, thereby acting as an accessory to
‘The committee is also of the opinion that the
respective money gifts can probably only be
explained if they are associated with the FIFA
elections of June 1. Therefore it appears rather
compelling to consider the actions of Mr Bin Hammam
constitute prima facie an act of bribery or at least
an attempt to commit bribery.
‘It appears impossible that the accused could have
considered the money distributed as legally or
ethically proper and without any connection to the
upcoming election. Consequently the accused would at
least be considered as an accessory to the
Statements from witnesses described as ‘credible and
correspondent’ in the report maintain they were
handed brown envelopes each containing $40,000. One,
Fred Lunn from the Bahamas, photographed the cash
before returning it.
Warner had announced during a resignation-day rant
against his opponents — led by the whistleblower,
CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer — that such
cash gifts were part of FIFA culture.
But the ethics committee took a different view,
stating: ‘The accused himself failed to provide the
FIFA ethics committee with a plausible explanation
suited to rebut these assumptions. Corruption
affects the very core of sport and is to be
considered as nothing less than life-threatening for
sports and sports organisations.’
Warner responded in an email on Wednesday night,
saying: ‘If there’s overwhelming evidence as this
report says, why then did FIFA accept my resignation
and drop all investigations.’ Why indeed?
Bin Hammam said: ‘There is nothing I can say more
than that I deny the allegations and insist that I
have not done anything wrong during the special
congress in Trinidad.’
Damian Collins, the Tory MP who is campaigning for
reform of FIFA, said: ‘This makes FIFA’s claims that
Jack Warner can be presumed innocent absolutely
incredible. Warner should be made to answer these
charges.’ (Daily Mail)
|Land Rover powers Navy SC
A unique ‘amphibious’ partnership
has been forged between the masters of the land and
the masters of the sea, with Land Rover confirming
its status as principal sponsor of the rugby team of
the Sri Lanka Navy for 2011.
The sailors now sport the insignia of the iconic
automotive brand synonymous globally with
performance, adventure and endurance under the
partnership formalised recently by Commodore JDA
Amaranayake – Chairman of Rugby and Director Sports
of the Sri Lanka Navy and Sheran Fernando – CEO of
Frontier Automotive (Pvt) Ltd., the sole
representative for Land Rover in Sri Lanka.
“This partnership in Sri Lanka is a good match for
Land Rover, which supports rugby at the highest
level globally. “Agility, strength and indomitable
spirit are characteristics that the Land Rover brand
has in common with those who play the game,”
“The rugby team of the Sri Lanka Navy SC has
demonstrated an ability to perform amidst gruelling
conditions and overcome odds, scoring wins against
fancied teams and developing a reputation as a force
to be reckoned with in the Caltex League Rugby
tournament. It is therefore a pleasure to support
such a sporting outfit of great potential,” he
PND Kaluarachchi, manager of the team, Dilroy
Fernando, Representative, Canterbury of New Zealand,
the official sportswear supplier to the 2011 Rugby
World Cup, and members of the team including its
Captain Yositha Rajapaksa were also present at the
formalisation of the sponsorship.
The Sri Lanka Navy Rugby team won its first two
matches against the Air Force and Army SC and held
CR&FC to a draw in the first round of the 2011
Caltex League Rugby Tournament. The team has matches
coming up against CH & FC, Police SC, Kandy SC and
The Navy SC emerged the Most Popular Rugby Team in
2009 while Captain Yositha Rajapaksa has been voted
the Most Popular Ruggerite.
Land Rover is an official sponsor of Rugby World Cup
2011 in New Zealand and a top-level worldwide
partner of Rugby World Cup 2015 in England. It is
also the official vehicle of Rugby World Cup 2011,
the England National Rugby team and of England’s
|Kandy-Police a close contest
The first round match of the Caltex sponsored
Clifford Cup rugby league match between defending
champions Kandy Sports Club and former champions Sri
Lanka Police will take place today (Sunday) at
Police Park. The kick off is scheduled for 4.30 pm.
It will be interesting to see, both sides who are
good in open rugby, plan out their game today. Both
teams remain unbeaten and come forward today with
great determination of remaining unconquered. The
Kandy Sports Club won against Havelock SC, CH & FC
and Sri Lanka Army. The Police have beaten Sri Lanka
Air Force, CR & FC and CH & FC.
Kandy will be led by Buddhika Thalagampola, one of
the most experienced and talented second row
forwards in the scene.
The Policemen on the other hand are led by, T.D.
Senevirathna, a fine tackler who has a talented set
of forwards backing them.
Kandy Sports Club will depend on their speedy
outsides Prasad Chaturanga and Fazil Marija the
playmaker, Sanjeewa Jayasinghe and Pradeep Liyanage,
Mohamed Jabbar, Gayan Weerarathne, Roshan
Weerarathne will make the moves. Their forwards led
by Buddhika Thalagampola and strengthened by Senaka
Bandara, Kishore Jehan, Achala Perera, Sajith
Saranga and Sasi Jayawardene, should be on top of
things, look out for a bustling game.
Police are playing good rugby after a long lapse and
depend much on their mobile pack, which is rated one
of the best this season. Today they will be at full
might with players like Nishantha Welegedara,
Champika Thushara, Malith Hettiarchchi, Romesh
Archarige, Dineh Kumar and skipper T.D.
Cops who are in good form will be out for Kandy’s
blood. They displayed good games of rugby in the
last three games and will dictate terms to the
champions. They are playing well as a team and it
will be very difficult to hold them at their own
den. The forte of Police rugby is the hard work.
Both teams are expected to give of their best today.
Kandy Sports Club – Kishore Jehan, Achala Perera, Y
Kasun, Senaka Bandara, Sanjeewa Dinesh, Buddhika
Thalagampola (Capt), Sasi Jayawardene, Sajith
Saranga, Prasad Chaturanga, Fazil Marija, Sanjeewa
Jayasinghe, Pradeep Liyanage, Gayan Weerarathne,
Mohamed Jabbar, Roshan Weerarathne,
Sri Lanka Police – Nishantha Welegedara, Champika
Thushara, Malith Hettiarchchi, Romesh Archarige,
Dinesh Kumara, T.D. Seneviratna (Captain), U.B.
Gonawela, Gemunu Indrachapa, Mohamed Rizwan, Anjula
Wijeratne, Priyantha Ekanayake, T. Rangith Kumara,
Chanaka Fonseka , Jeevan Amaradasa, Hashan Gomes.
Motors sponsors mercantile cricket
concluding main tournament of the MCA Centenary Year
2011 season, the Mercantile ‘G’ Division 30-over
League tournament, got underway on June 4.
For the first time Stafford Motor Co. has come
forward to sponsor the tournament.
Stafford Motor Co. recently finished runners-up in
the MCA ‘C’ division 50-over League tournament. They
also emerged winners of the MCA ‘Open Sixes’ a
number of times.
40 teams in eight groups are taking part in the
tournament in two stages, consisting 95 half-day
matches, including the final scheduled for August
Of the 40 participating teams, Airtel, Brandix,
Lanka Commodity Brokers and Touchwood are making
their debut in Mercantile Cricket.
The four special awards on offer are for the best
batsman, best bowler and man of the tournament
(based on performances in the league stage matches)
and man of the match in the final.
HNB ‘B’ emerged winners last year, beating John
Keells ‘C’ in the final.
The official sponsorship presentation ceremony took
place on Tuesday, June 21 at the MCA Family
Managing Director/CEO, Stafford Motor Company, Dr.
Kalinga Kaluperuma officially handed over the
sponsorship cheque to the President MCA, Mahesh
Also present at the event were General Manager Sales
& Marketing , Charaka Perera and Damitha
Jayasundara, Senior Manager (both from Stafford
Motor Company), Ashley Ratnayake , Senior Vice
President, and Niran Mahawatte, Vice President (both
from MCA). (LW)
College Sports Carnival 2011
The 3rd Annual Inter Batch Sports Carnival of
Maris Stella College will be held on the July 9,
2011 from 8 am to 6 pm at the Maris Stella College
Grounds in Negombo. The event is organised by the
Maristonians Sports Association (MSA) to promote
brotherhood, friendship and camaraderie amongst the
past students of Maris Stella College.
Cricket, football, volleyball and basketball will be
played between batches and medley relays have also
been organised. A carnival atmosphere will be
created with food stalls, papare bands and DJ music.
Host of other activities will be organised to make
the day a lifetime experience for the past students
of Maris Stella College.
Last year we had a gathering of over 1200 old boys
of whom the majority took part in different sporting
events. This is the single largest gathering of old
boys of this magnitude ever recorded at Maris Stella
College. Evening event of Song and Dance with the
theme Beach Carnival , at Goldi Sands Hotel, Negombo
again attracted a large crowd with more than 650
guests consisting old boys and their spouses.
With the initial response we have received the
organising committee expects a gathering of over
1600 to participate at this year’s day programme at
Inter Batch Sports Carnival 2011. The day Programme
will give way to the evening‘s grand event Beach
Carnival 2011. This will be held at the star class
hotel, Jetwing Blue with live music by Xotic and DJ.
A beach wear/casual wear fashion show with
professional models will be yet another attraction.
An opportunity to gain immense mileage as the print
and electronic media will be in attendance giving
wide live coverage to this event.
The Travel Trade Sports
Club (TTSC) will make a late start on their 2011
sports events calendar, when they conduct three
events in the month of July.
First will be the 10th bowling championship
scheduled to be held on Saturday, July 9 at the
Strikes Cosmic Bowling Centre, Excel World, Colombo
10. The bowling entries will close on June 30.
The other two events lined up are the soccer sevens
on July 17 and the popular men’s/women’s softball
cricket sixes on July 31.
Entries, for all three events have gone out to the
TTSC membership and will be received by Himaj
Jayasinghe, C/o Saman Villas office, No. 90 Gothami
Road, Colombo 8. (LW)
Cricket Quiz 2011 winner
The winner of the Mobitel Cricket Quiz 2011, AM
Sakee (right) from Ampara receiving the prize of a
3D TV with a Blu-ray Disc Player from Janaka
Jayalath, Senior General Manager, Corporate
Planning, Value Added Services, International
Services & Site Acquisition Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd
coaches course in Chennai, India
Applications are called from qualified volleyball
coaches to follow the FIVB level 1 Coaches Course to
be held at the FIVB Volleyball Development Centre in
Chennai, India from 23rd August to 3rd September
2011. The airfare, course fee and accommodation
expenses have to be borne by the participants.
Coaches who are interested in following this
training should submit their applications to reach
the secretary of the Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation
on or before 28 June 2011.