Derrick Loses CAS Appeal

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President of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and General Secretary of the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA), Gordon Derrick, has lost his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
Derrick, last year, appealed to CAS after FIFA ruled him out as a candidate for a FIFA vice presidency spot, which in turn, ruled him out as a candidate for the CONCACAF presidency race.
The world’s governing body’s Independent Audit and Compliance Chief at the time, Domenico Scala, said on April 12, 2016 that Derrick failed an eligibility test, which ruled him out as a candidate.
In their recent ruling, CAS has in particular confirmed that the decision taken was in accordance with the FIFA Statutes and regulations that entrusted the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee with the task of conducting eligibility checks on candidates for positions as FIFA vice-president or on the FIFA Council.
According to an article on www.newkerala.com, FIFA has welcomed the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport to dismiss the appeal filed by Derrick.
When contacted, Derrick offered no comment on the development.
It is also unclear as to whether or not the administrator will take his fight to the Supreme Court, which is the final option.
In 2016 the FIFA audit and compliance committee did not publicly specify why Derrick was barred from the vote. It intervened after reviewing information from United States-based lawyers retained by CONCACAF.
The FIFA ethics committee reprimanded Derrick in 2011 in a wide-ranging investigation of alleged Caribbean bribery in that year’s FIFA presidential election. Details of his case were not specified then.
In 2014, FIFA also imposed a 30,000 Swiss franc ($29,600) fine on the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association for mortgaging its technical centre in breach of rules overseeing spending on development projects funded from Zurich.
The CONCACAF election was won in May last year by Victor Montagliani of Canada in a two-candidate vote.
 

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