Argentine legend Maradona revels in news of FIFA arrests

MARADONA... the FBI spoke the truth

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AFP) -- Argentine football great Diego Maradona yesterday applauded the arrest of top FIFA officials in an anti-corruption sting, and warned that Sepp Blatter, the president of world football's governing body, may be next. Maradona said he was "enjoying" the news of the arr ... Read More

Football crisis
WARSAW, Poland (AFP) -- The FIFA presidential election should be postponed after football's world go ... Read More

Jack Warner waves as he leaves the Magistrate’s Court in
Trinidad yesterday after being granted bail. Webb, Warner among 14 indicted as football scandal rocks FIFA
MIAMI, United States (CMC) — The embattled Confederation of North, Central America and the Car ... Read More

FBI agents take boxes with documents from the headquarters of the CONCACAF after a
raid yesterday in
Miami Beach, Florida. (PHOTO: AFP) CONCACAF says it will co-operate with investigators
  MIAMI, Florida (AFP) -- CONCACAF will co-operate with investigators "to its fullest capacity ... Read More

MBU/Arnett showdown Monday

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer | Thursday, May 28, 2015    

MBU’s Lesly St Fleur
(left) tries to get away
from Arnett Gardens’
Anthow Dawkins in
their first-round RSPL
game at Wespow Park.

FRESH from qualifying for next season's CONCACAF Club Championships in Trinidad, Montego Bay United (MBU) will have little time to rest before turning their attention to defending their Red Stripe Premier League title against Arnett Gardens at the National Stadium on Monday night. It will be the third consecutive national finals to be contested by Montego Bay United after beating Waterhouse 5-2 in last season's RSPL decider and coming up just short against Reno FC in the JFF Flow Champions Cup ... Read More

Local football officials weigh in on FIFA arrests

BY SHERDON COWAN Observer staff reporter | Thursday, May 28, 2015    

(L-R)JAMES... if they have done
any wrongs they would have
to be men and stand up to
STEPHENSON... It is too early to comment.
WEBB... indicted on multiple
charges by US prosecuters.

WITH members of the local football fraternity largely reluctant to comment on yesterday's earth-shaking corruption arrests of several FIFA officials, former Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) president Tony James was not that reserved and weighed in on the scandal. Among those indicted by the US Attorney General office are senior football functionaries in South America, Latin America and the Caribbean. Jeffrey Webb, FIFA vice-president and president of CONCACAF, and his predecessor Jack Warner ... Read More

Nicolas Leoz falls ill at news of FIFA arrests

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

LEOZ... led
1986 to 2013

ASUNCION, PARAGUAY (AFP) -- The former president of South America's football confederation fell ill and was hospitalised in Paraguay yesterday as US authorities sought his extradition in connection with a FIFA corruption scandal. The 86-year-old Nicolas Leoz, who has Parkinson's and heart problems, took ill upon learning the arrests of seven FIFA officials in Zurich, a spokesman for the hospital in the capital Asuncion told AFP. The foreign ministry confirmed that the US embassy delivered an e ... Read More

Dark clouds over FIFA

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

Attorney General Loretta Lynch unveiled the fruits of a complex, international investigation spanning years, after seven soccer officials were arrested in Zurich in dawn raids by Swiss police at the request of the US. The 47-count US indictment charges 14 football officials and marketing executives with racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering conspiracies that span 24 years beginning in 1991. The officials are charged with conspiring to solicit and receive more than $150 million in bri ... Read More

FIFA sponsors express strong concern over new scandal

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

WASHINGTON, USA (AFP) -- Key World Cup sponsors including McDonald's, Adidas and Budweiser expressed strong concerns yesterday after global football body FIFA was enveloped by a new corruption scandal. The companies that will pay hundreds of millions of dollar for the right to place their ads around Cup venues in Russia in 2018 said they expect ethical behaviour and transparency from FIFA, after seven football officials were arrested in Zurich by Swiss police at US request. But none of the spo ... Read More

Futsal lovers eager to get ball rolling next year

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

Carlo Redwood, vice-president of Marketing at LIME; Mitch Watson, marketing manager of Pepsi Cola Jamaica; and Debbie Grant
(partly hidden), marketing manager of Huawei Technology Jamaica greet players of Baths Sports Club before the start of the final
of the LIME National Street Futsal final at National Indoor Sports Centre, last Sunday. (PHOTOS: LEO HUDSON)

Following a successful transition from Street Football to the internationally recognised Futsal, organisers and sponsors of the LIME National Street Futsal Competition are eager to get the ball rolling on another project that will be instrumental to the development of football in Jamaica. The LIME National Street Futsal Competition attracted immense support from its kick off in late March, to its conclusion inside a packed and completely transformed National Indoor Sports Centre last Sunday. T ... Read More

York United school UWI, as rain wrecks Portmore/Savannah clash

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

Portmore United’s Paul Wilson (right) and Savannah SC’s Davian Thorpe battle
for possession during the All-Island Confederation Play-off match at the Prison
Oval yesterday.

Heavy rain forced the abandonment of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) All-Island Confederation Play-off match between Portmore United and Savannah SC at Spanish Town Prison Oval yesterday. When referees called an end to proceedings in the 35th minute due to a waterlogged playing field, Portmore were 2-0 up. Both goals were scored by Rodian Jennings, who struck in the 18th and 32nd minutes, as Portmore, the former national champions, dominated proceedings even as afternoon showers forced s ... Read More

Brazil president calls for probe into all football activities

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AFP) -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called yesterday for all World Cups and football activities to be investigated after US and Swiss authorities revealed corruption probes against FIFA officials. "I think that any investigation on this question is very important," Rousseff, whose country hosted last year's tournament, told reporters during a trip to Mexico City. "I think that it will allow a better professionalisation of football. I don't see how this can harm Braz ... Read More

Blatter's challenger calls for urgent end to crisis

Thursday, May 28, 2015    

Challenger to Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, Jordanian prince and
FIFA vice-president Prince Ali bin al Hussein (right) gestures while leaving
a hotel in Zurich, Switzerland ,yesterday. (PHOTO: AFP)

ZURICH, SWITZERLAND (AFP) -- Prince Ali bin al Hussein, challenger to Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, called yesterday for urgent steps to end "the crisis" at football's world body after several leaders were arrested for corruption. "We cannot continue with the crisis in FIFA, a crisis that has been ongoing and is not just relevant to the events of today," the Jordanian prince and FIFA vice president said in a statement. Despite the arrest of seven football officials in Zurich and the op ... Read More

Faulkland FC, Mountain Villa promoted to St J FA Senior League

BY PAUL A REID Observer West writer MONTEGO BAY, St James | Thursday, May 28, 2015    

Mario Leslie of Club Stars (left) tries to get away from Faulkland FC’s Jelani
Nicholson in Saturday’s return-leg semi-finals in the St James FA Sandals/ATL
Division One competition. Faulkland lost 2-3, but advanced to the final 4-3 on
aggregate. (PHOTO: PAUL REID)

FAULKLAND FC who gained promotion in back-to-back seasons, and Mountain Villa will play in the St James Football Association's Sandals/ATL Senior League next season, after qualifying for the finals of the Sandals/ATL Division One last weekend. Faulkland FC who were promoted from the Division Two last year after finishing second to Somerton FC, got by Club Stars 4-3 on aggregate, while Mountain Villa qualified after beating Copperwood 3-1, also on aggregate. The finals will be played on June 5 ... Read More



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