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FIFA raid long time in coming – Stewart

Published:Wednesday | May 27, 2015 | 12:00 AMDania Bogle
Carvel Stewart

Vice-chairman of the Premier League Clubs Association and Professional Football Association of Jamaica, Carvel Stewart, yesterday expressed no surprise at the arrests of several FIFA members on charges of corruption.

In fact, he said, it was "a long time in coming".

Said Stewart: "... Because a number of issues have manifested over recent years without any real comment either from the local football fraternity but also the wider Jamaican population and these, have for me, been serious incidents and occurrences of corruption."

He added: "We would be concerned and hopeful that our leadership would not be associated with the charges of people who are his colleagues. We always tend to stay outside of that kind of behaviour."


US$150-million fraud


Those colleagues are CONCACAF president, Jeffrey Webb, who is a business partner of Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) boss, Captain Horace Burrell, as well as former president and Burrell ally, Jack Warner.

Stewart noted that the alleged fraud of US$150 million involved funds which were earmarked for the development of football in their respective territories.

"That is where I would be concerned. We have to wonder here (that) if Warner and Webb are so implicated, were those funds meant to have provided for our development here in Jamaica and the other countries in CONCACAF. Were we victims who have lost those funds?" he queried.