Tag: FIFA

Auditors flagged $1.2M unsecured CIFA ‘loans’

Auditors flagged $1.2M unsecured CIFA ‘loans’

| 01/09/2022

(CNS): A director with Rankin Berkower, which conducted the Cayman Islands Football Association’s audits, explained to a jury this week how he spotted red flags in the 2014 annual review of CIFA’s books and reported his concerns to the Anti-Corruption Commission. As the trial of Canover Watson and Bruce Blake on charges of fraud and […]

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Watson’s sports company partner denies taking cash

Watson’s sports company partner denies taking cash

| 22/08/2022

(CNS): A football equipment salesman involved in a complex business partnership with Canover Watson between 2013 and 2015 denied wrongfully taking money from the sale of sports equipment or being involved in any of the fraud that Watson is accused of perpetrating on the regional football body, CONCACAF. Shakeel Khawaja, a representative for Forward Sports, […]

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Forward Sport rep confused by Watson’s companies

Forward Sport rep confused by Watson’s companies

| 16/08/2022

(CNS): The key witness in a fraud case against football executives Canover Watson and Bruce Blake told the jury he was confused by the companies that Watson created, for which he was named as a partner, as part of the deals to sell football equipment. Shakeel Khawaja, who was a sales manager for Forward Sports […]

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Crown: Watson stole $1.54M in football invoice fraud

Crown: Watson stole $1.54M in football invoice fraud

| 07/08/2022

(CNS): Canover Watson, the former treasurer of the Cayman Island Football Association (CITA), stole US$1.54 million from CONCACAF, the regional football body, using false and massively overinflated invoices, prosecutors alleged as they opened the decade-long case against Watson and Bruce Blake on Friday. They accused Blake, the former VP of CIFA and at the time […]

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Webb’s sentenced postponed for eleventh time

Webb’s sentenced postponed for eleventh time

| 23/09/2021 | 37 Comments

(CNS): Jeff Webb, Cayman’s disgraced football hero and former CONCACAF president and FIFA vice president, has had his sentencing hearing for his role in the FIFA corruption scandal postponed yet again. The case has been pushed back to December, six years after the George Town man admitted his part in the FBI investigation that shook […]

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CIFA fined, president banned over ‘misconduct’

CIFA fined, president banned over ‘misconduct’

| 31/05/2021 | 71 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Football Association and its president, Alfredo Whittaker, have been found guilty of misconduct and neglecting to provide the required safeguards for the health and safety of players and others involved in a preliminary qualifier for the FIFA World Cup 2022. FIFA, the world football governing body, found that CIFA failed to […]

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Webb sentence hearing postponed again

Webb sentence hearing postponed again

| 05/08/2020

(CNS): Jeff Webb, the former Cayman Islands Football Club and CONCACAF president who was charged in the 2015 FIFA scandal, has secured another delay in his sentencing hearing in New York for what is estimated to be the eleventh time. It is already clear that the one-time local football hero, who has handed over millions […]

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FIFA signals return of funding

FIFA signals return of funding

| 12/08/2019

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Football Association could soon see the much-needed funding from the global governing sports body return, after FIFA President Gianni Infantino, who visited Cayman Friday, said he had full confidence in the investigation into alleged financial crime at the local association. Last week Bruce Blake, who, despite his arrest, had been reinstated […]

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CIFA accounts reveal fraud allegations

CIFA accounts reveal fraud allegations

| 18/03/2019 | 55 Comments

(CNS): An audit of the Cayman Islands Football Association by Grant Thornton has revealed some details of the alleged fraud perpetrated against the local football body by former executives. In one of three audits of CIFA’s books, which the current president recently said would not be made public, former CIFA president Jeffrey Webb and his […]

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Webb’s sentence postponed for ninth time

Webb’s sentence postponed for ninth time

| 14/02/2019 | 31 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands’ one-time local football hero who fell spectacularly from grace almost four years ago in the massive global FIFA scandal has got another postponement in his sentencing hearing. Jeffrey Webb pleaded guilty in December 2015 but for the ninth time the New York court dealing with his case has agreed to push […]

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Caribbean league dream wrecked by Webb corruption

Caribbean league dream wrecked by Webb corruption

| 16/10/2018 | 34 Comments

(CNS): Shaka Hislop, the former FA Premier League goalkeeper, told attendees at a fraud prevention conference in the Cayman Islands last week that a Caribbean Premier League, attracting major international stars, could have been formed in the region if its reputation hadn’t been so badly damaged by corrupt officials such as disgraced Cayman football supremo Jeffrey Webb. His fraud […]

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