DETROIT - The majority of Caribbean
football federations will not attend planned questioning with
FIFA's bribery investigators, a source told Reuters on Tuesday.
FIFA's investigating team, which includes ex-FBI head Louis
Freeh's company, were due in Miami on Tuesday to conduct
interviews with the Caribbean federations who had been invited
But a Caribbean football source said that close to 20 of the
25 federations in the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) had opted
not to show up for the interviews which are also scheduled for
"They intend to have a meeting of their own soon to discuss
the situation," said the source, who declined to be named.
A FIFA spokesman declined to discuss details of the meeting
or attendance in Miami.
"As you may understand and in order not to compromise the
efficiency of the investigation, FIFA cannot provide details of
the investigation or comment on it while it is ongoing," he
Three CFU officials, president Jack Warner and staff members
Debbie Minguell and Jason Sylvester, have been provisionally
suspended by FIFA's Ethics Committee pending a full inquiry into
bribery allegations surrounding a meeting in the Caribbean with
Asian football chief Mohamed Bin Hammam.
Some Caribbean federations, including the Bahamas and Puerto
Rican bodies, have told FIFA they were offered money at the
The decision to not attend the interviews in Miami comes
after a letter was sent by one Caribbean federation to FIFA
president Sepp Blatter urging him to remove Freeh from the
"The investigation is tainted and biased and clearly has a
U.S. driven agenda," a federation official wrote in a letter to
FIFA seen by Reuters.
The report to FIFA's Ethics Committee was initiated by
American Chuck Blazer, general secretary of CONCACAF, the
regional body for football in North and Central America and the
Blazer worked with Chicago-based lawyer John Collins on the
dossier and with an American now leading the investigation and
with the interviews being held in Florida, Blatter was asked to
The letter asked Blatter, who is not a member of the Ethics
Committee, to replace Freeh with a "truly independent
investigator and secure a neutral venue for the interview of any
Caribbean Football Union member other than the United States of
But Blazer rejected accusations the investigation was biased
or was being conducted according to a U.S. driven agenda.
"It is nonsense. For 21 years their confederation has been
administered from America without any claims of bias," Blazer
told Reuters by email.
"I find it uniquely peculiar for that charge to be made now
other than as a tactic to interfere with the ethics
investigation which is being managed solely by the members of
the FIFA Ethics Committee."
FIFA said it had not made any changes to the make-up of the
investigation and confirmed that Freeh's organisation had been
Qatari Bin Hammam, who was running against Blatter for FIFA
president at the time of the meeting, has also been suspended
following the bribery allegations. He also has insisted he did
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