FIFA audit official admits bribery in US federal probe

first_img“The defendant abused the trust placed in him as a soccer official in order to line his own pockets. The defendant’s breach of trust was particularly significant given his position as a member of the FIFA Audit and Compliance committee, which must play an important and independent role if corruption within FIFA is to be eliminated.”According to the criminal information to which Lai pleaded guilty, he received more than $850,000 in bribes between 2009 and 2014 from a faction of soccer officials in the Asian region in exchange for using his influence as a soccer official. The cash was intended to advance the interests of the faction that bribed him, including by helping officials in that faction identify other officials to offer bribes.A U.S. Department of Justice news release did not identify details of the faction buying influence.Lai also received $100,000 in bribes in 2011 from an official of the AFC who was then running for the FIFA presidency, in exchange for Lai’s vote and support in the then-upcoming FIFA presidential election.Mohamed bin Hammam, the AFC president who was running against Blatter in that FIFA election, was later banned for life from soccer by FIFA.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome avenges last year’s close loss, nabs Slam Dunk crown The latest plea reaches deep into Asian soccer for the first time and involves an official who retained his position monitoring FIFA’s multi-billion dollar income and spending in the transition from former president Sepp Blatter to his successor Gianni Infantino.Lai’s 90-day interim ban by the FIFA ethics committee prevents him taking part in the world soccer body’s audit panel meeting on May 8 in Manama, Bahrain. Also that day, Asian soccer federations meet in the city to elect delegates to the FIFA Council.FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Lai also pleaded guilty to failing to disclose foreign bank accounts and agreed to pay more than $1.1 million in forfeiture and penalties. The plea was entered before U.S. District Judge Pamela K. Chen.Bridget M. Rohde, an Acting U.S. Attorney, announced the guilty plea and said it “marks another important step in our ongoing effort to root out corruption in international soccer.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer FILE – This is a Friday, Oct. 29, 2010 file photo of the then FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke, left, and Sepp Blatter, President of the International Soccer Federation FIFA share a word during a press conference after a two-day executive committee meeting at the FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland. FIFA has sent 1,300 pages of internal investigation reports into suspected bribery and corruption implicating world soccer leaders to Switzerland’s attorney general. However, FIFA said Friday March 31, 2017 it was legally barred from publishing the full reports or commenting on the evidence or conclusions. (Alessandro Della Bella/ Keystone, File via AP)ZURICH — The sprawling American investigation of bribery and corruption in international soccer has reached into Asia and claimed the first guilty plea from a senior official in the new FIFA leadership.A member of the FIFA Audit and Compliance Committee, Richard Lai of Guam, was provisionally suspended Friday by the FIFA ethics committee after admitting to taking about $1 million in bribes, including from a “faction” of Asian officials buying influence among voters.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Asian Football Confederation, where he is a long-time executive committee member, also “provisionally suspended Richard Lai from football with immediate effect.”Lai, a United States citizen and president of Guam’s soccer federation since 2001, plead guilty in Brooklyn federal court on Thursday. The FIFA ethics committee typically imposes life bans on officials who plead guilty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe AFC official admitted to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy in connection with multiple schemes to accept and pay bribes to soccer officials.Lai’s case marks a stunning step forward in the American federal investigation, which had indicted or taken guilty pleas from more than 40 people and marketing agencies linked to soccer in the Americas since 2015.last_img read more


Abolition of Indian Indentureship

first_imgMarch 2017 will be one hundred years since the Indentureship scheme that brought 238,907 men, women and children to this land was brought to an end. Since the 1970s there have been commemorations of the arrival of the first batch that landed on May 5th, 1838. After a sustained campaign by the community around the turn of the millennium, a Public Holiday was declared in 2004 to mark the event.As one of those who played a role in that campaign, the groups with which I was associated always stressed the need for reflection by the community on the holiday, as to whether they had actually “arrived” to where or what their foreparents had been seeking. Whatever might have occurred during the 79 years of Indentureship, just as the 50th year of our achieving independence forced all Guyanese to examine our present circumstances and what we might do to improve the lot of our country going forward, the same can be done by Indian Guyanese, come March 12-20, 2017.“What is the state of the Indian Guyanese community today and what can they do to create a more harmonious and prosperous country?” might well be a broad theme to be addressed. There is the foremost, the question of “identity” that inevitably keeps popping up. No one would claim that there have not been radical changes in the conception of who is an “Indian Guyanese” over the years. Have we become part of a “Calloo Nation”? Creolised? Hybridised? Or part of a “Rhizomatic identity” that encapsulates “multiplicity”? If so, to what extent have there been reciprocity in the rest of society sharing in the “Indian” part of our identity?When Indians were first “contracted”, brought and placed to work on the sugar plantations, they were on the “bottom of the economic ladder” by whatever measure the society was using at the time. Economically, the last Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) conducted at the turn of the millennium showed they were at the same dismal level economically as African Guyanese – the other large group in the society – and both were doing better than the Amerindians. Has anything changed since? Some analysts have claimed that with a PPP Government “favouring” Indian Guyanese that situation has changed? To what extent, if any, is this true?Entering an already formed “Creole Culture”, Indian culture (with a small “c” or capital “C”) – and religion played a dominant role in defining their “cultural” responses and practices – Indians were derided as uncouth and card-carrying members of the great unwashed. Have their Cultural expressions – in song, dance, theatre, art, etc – been given an “equal place”? If not, why not? Is their everyday culture still seen as “backward country coolie”?Politically – and this is the big enchilada in the room – Indians swung from just a handful qualifying for the franchise by the end of Indentureship – and consequently being out of the mainstream of politics – to becoming a majority by the middle of the twentieth century when Universal franchise arrived. Denied political office for the first quarter of a century after independence through rigged elections, and the legitimacy of their political vehicle challenged for the same period afterwards, Indian Guyanese have now seen their numbers amount to below 40% and shrinking. Exactly what form will their political participation take henceforth – and to what end?Since the “end of Indian Indentureship” affected all the countries that received the “Girmityas” as they are called in Fiji – people of the “agreement” or “bound paper” – a central “Indian Diaspora Council” (IDC) is coordinating the “Commemoration of Centennial of Abolition of Indian Indentureship (CCAII)” in a host of countries – Fiji, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Jamaica, Malaysia, Martinique, Mauritius, South Africa, Suriname, and Trinidad and other West Indian islands.A Guyana Chapter of the CCAII is being formed and we welcome the widest possible participation. At this time it is envisaged that there will be activities organised in all three counties to facilitate such participation.last_img read more


Urey Senses Plot to Frustrate 2017 Elections

first_imgBusinessman turned politician, Benoni Urey has described as a “calculated attempt” the ongoing so-called political tension in Monrovia to thwart the upcoming 2017 presidential and general elections. The All Liberian Party political leader said the recent trend of events, evoked by the mysterious death of former managing director of the Liberia Petroleum Refinery Company (LPRC), Harry A. Greaves, Jr., makes one to believe that there are plans to avert the 2017 elections.Since the lifeless body of Mr. Greaves was discovered on the beach at the back of the old Planning Ministry, several persons have called for a thorough investigation into circumstances that led to Mr. Greaves’ death.Mr. Urey observed that the ongoing situations are being created to present a state of insecurity so that the 2017 elections would not be held.“I think people want to cause confusion that we do not go to elections in 2017. And we must go to elections. We demand that the electoral process be free, fair and transparent so that the people’s rights will be respected,” Urey told reporters at the RIA where he had gone to received some guests from the United States.He said no one can stop the holding of the elections, “because Liberians are anxiously waiting that period to get the desired changes they need.” The ALP leader has meanwhile frowned at what he termed as the use of “excessive force” allegedly by the Liberia National Police (LNP) during recent street protests in demand of the release of activist Vandalark Patricks. He also called on both the police and leaders of the protestors to exercise restraint, adding, “We must all be careful, tolerant and remember that where one person’s rights stop, is where another person’s rights begin. I will also talk to our people to be a little bit calm and orderly.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


Police seek 62-year-old man with Alzheimer’s

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! RESEDA – A 62-year-old man with Alzheimer’s disease who has been missing since earlier this week is being sought by police. Khosro Arasteh left his apartment at 5930 Reseda Blvd. around 8 a.m. Tuesday and never returned, said Officer Jason Lee of the Los Angeles Police Department. Arasteh is 5-feet 7-inches and weighs about 150 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes, he said. Anyone with information about Arasteh’s whereabouts was asked to call the LAPD’s West Valley Station at (818) 374-7611. last_img read more


Report urges Virginia Tech changes

first_img“It’s essential that there be an objective assessment for it to be credible,” Steger said. Steger had named committees to look at counseling services, security and communication following the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SECURITY: But key question concerning campus lockdown remains to be addressed. By Sue Lindsey and Dionne Walker THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech recommended monitoring troubled students and increasing security Wednesday in an internal report that didn’t address one of the most troubling questions about the massacre: Should administrators have locked down the campus after the first two deaths? The university has said it wants an outside panel to examine that issue and the other actions school staff took in the two hours between the killings of two people in a dormitory and the deaths of 31 more in a classroom building. The report by that panel, established by Gov. Timothy Kaine, is due next week. University President Charles Steger acknowledged the school could have taken some steps it didn’t. “Looking back, yeah, there are some things that are obvious that, gee, maybe you should have done that, but I think at the time we were doing the best we could, and we’re going to learn from this and try to make it a more secure campus,” he said. But he again defended the university’s decision not to lock down buildings after the first two shootings. “Such a lockdown is simply not feasible on a campus that’s the size of a small city,” he said. Steger said the judgment on the staff’s reaction will have to come from outside the school, and that he had recommended Kaine set up the separate panel to investigate the handling of the shootings as well as student gunman Seung-Hui Cho’s background. last_img read more


Man United boost! Key man passed fit to face West Brom

first_img1 Wayne Rooney in training Wayne Rooney has been passed fit for Manchester United’s clash with West Brom at Old Trafford on Saturday.The striker suffered a knee injury in the latter stages of last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at Everton and there were fears his season could be over.But the 29-year-old has made a swift recovery and has been cleared to start against the Baggies.Speaking to MUTV on Friday, manager Louis van Gaal said: “Rooney is fit to play, it (the injury) was not so heavy as we expected.”Robin van Persie could start after scoring a brace in his second under-21 match following an ankle injury.Phil Jones has returned to training this week after ankle troubles of his own but is unlikely to feature as he lacks match fitness.The bad news for Van Gaal is that influential midfielder Michael Carrick remains out with a calf problem and Luke Shaw has been sidelined by another injury – this time to his groin.Marcos Rojo still has an adductor injury and is therefore unlikely to play.The week after returning from a six-match ban, Jonny Evans has suffered a nerve injury, which means Van Gaal may have to play Chris Smalling and Paddy McNair at centre-half again, as he did at Goodison Park.“Shaw has a groin injury and Evans is injured also last week,” the Dutchman said.“He was six weeks not injured and then he can play and he is injured so that is unlucky.”last_img read more


Man United ready to ‘fight’ to sign Gareth Bale, reveals Mourinho

first_img1 Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is ready to “fight” for Gareth Bale’s signature if Real Madrid leave the attacker out of the UEFA Super Cup.Macedonian capital Skopje plays hosts to the annual clash between the winners of the Europa League and Champions League on Tuesday evening, with both sides looking to kick the campaign off with silverware.Tune into talkSPORT from 19:45 on Tuesday for LIVE commentary of Real Madrid v Man United!Bale is part of Real’s 24-man squad for the match, but speculation continues over the Wales international’s future.There have been suggestions in Spain that Madrid are willing to part company with the 28-year-old as they move for Monaco’s Kylian Mbappe, giving hope to long-standing admirers United.Mourinho recently said it would be impossible to bring in Bale, but he has now said he will be ready to pounce if there’s any hint he could leave the Bernabeu this summer.“If he’s playing tomorrow, well, no I wouldn’t think of that possibility of signing on (Bale),” the United boss said in Macedonia ahead of facing his former club.“If he is playing tomorrow, it is because he is in the coach’s plans and in the club’s plans and because he also has that ambition to continue in Real Madrid.“So I haven’t even thought of the possibility of signing him on our team.“If he’s not in the club’s plans, if what you are writing right now is true – I am not sure whether it is or not – that the arrival of another player (would) perhaps (mean) Gareth would be on his way out.“If he is on his way out of Real Madrid, well, I’ll try to be waiting for him on the other side and try to fight with other coaches that would also like to have him on his team.“But I think that if he plays tomorrow, it is probably the best confirmation that they’ll keep counting on him during the season.” Jose Mourinho has admitted an interest in signing Welsh star Gareth Bale last_img read more


Maribor thrashing great for confidence but Liverpool are no title contenders yet

first_imgLiverpool are still nowhere near challenging for major titles, despite displaying their attacking might with a 7-0 thrashing over Maribor, according to former defender Stephane Henchoz.It was a record-breaking performance from Jurgen Klopp’s men on Tuesday, as the Reds fired seven goals past the Slovenian side to make it the biggest away win by an English team in the history of the Champions League.MATCH REPORT – Maribor 0-7 Liverpool: Reds run riot in Slovenia to move top of Champions League Group EAnd Henchoz believes the display will be a much-needed boost ahead of a vital Premier League clash against top-four rivals Tottenham this weekend.“It was a great performance,” the former Liverpool star told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Even if it was Maribor, and people are going to say it was only against a small team, but it’s still in the Champions League and it’s still away from home, and scoring seven goals and not conceding any, it’s obviously a great result and great for the confidence before the game against Spurs on Sunday.”However, he believes Liverpool are out of the Premier League title race this season and will struggle to challenge for honours until they sort out their leaky defence. The Reds are already nine points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City after only eight games, and while they recorded a clean sheet against Mariobor, they have been worryingly rare for manager Klopp this season – having claimed just four in 14 games.And Henchoz insists signing top class defenders MUST be a priority for the club when the transfer reopens in January.“They are a great team to watch,” added the former Swiss international.“Going forward, there is no problem. The problem is defensively – you cannot win titles or even challenge for titles when you concede so many goals, it’s as simple as that for me.“Can they challenge for the title? To be honest with you, I don’t think so at the moment, unfortunately.  “Manchester City and Manchester United just started so well, so at the moment I can’t see that happening, no.“For me, the top four would still be a good achievement this season. Hopefully they will qualify for the last-16 of the Champions League and try to go as far as they can in the FA Cup, but I don’t think they can challenge for the title.“The back-four needs some new players, in the centre of defence they definitely needs somebody – that must be the priority for Jurgen Klopp in January.” 1last_img read more


Jury hits impasse in killing by pit bulls

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPhotos: At LA County Jail, Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates Christmas Mass with inmates“None of them believed that when Ms. Faibish walked out the door she believed her son would be seriously injured or killed,” said Lidia Stiglich. “There’s not much more that can be done to her. Her son is dead, and she’s the one who left him on that day.” Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek a retrial, said spokeswoman Debbie Mesloh. “Our thoughts are still with that little boy who was mauled to death,” she said. “We just need to take the jurors’ feedback and take another look at the case.” Faibish, 40, told Nicholas to play video games in a garage filled with rotting food and bags of garbage until she got home from the picnic, prosecutors said. The boy was ordered to prop a shovel against a broken door and not go upstairs to where the female pit bull, Ella, was in heat and the male, Rex, had grown agitated from failed mating attempts. SAN FRANCISCO – A mistrial was declared Monday in the case of a mother whose 12-year-old son was fatally mauled by her two pit bulls at home while she was at a school picnic with her daughter. The San Francisco Superior Court jury deadlocked on a child-endangerment charge against Maureen Faibish, who left her son, Nicholas, alone with the dogs June 3, 2005. After two days of deliberations, 10 jurors voted for acquittal and two voted to convict, a court clerk said. Faibish’s lawyer said the split showed jurors were not swayed by arguments that her client recklessly put the boy in harm’s way. Faibish faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Nicholas had been bitten twice earlier that day. Prosecutors argued Faibish knew that the dogs were dangerous and that her son would be forced from the squalid basement because the toilet was broken. Defense lawyers portrayed Faibish as a frazzled but loving mother who was watching her three children and the dogs while her husband looked for work in Oregon, where the family planned to move. The parents said the children loved the dogs and there was no indication they would attack the boy.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


‘Please, don’t do this Chelsea’ – Some fans fume as new No.10 is confirmed

first_img New job “We are delighted to announce our new 10, Willian Borges da Silva !” pic.twitter.com/bcSyV261Np— Blue Soldier ⭐⭐ (@RudyHerv) July 22, 2019 JIBE Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Willian number 10? Please, don’t do this @Chelsea pic.twitter.com/a1brdVDOw0— Möbius band (@Mulalo_SA) July 22, 2019 getty images CHO after Willian takes the #10 jersey. #CFC https://t.co/obIUt7qTZj pic.twitter.com/aZXWgSMmoj— Sudip Majumder (@studipm) July 22, 2019 2 LATEST LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES 2 In his place, Blues fans were hoping a natural successor would emerge from within the club given the transfer ban imposed by FIFA.New signing Christian Pulisic is a potential heir to Hazard’s vacant left-wing spot, with Callum Hudson-Odoi also making serious waves in west London. Getty boost Willian confirming the club has offered him the number 10: pic.twitter.com/VpxSIS48EO— my club #10 is Willian (@GabrieIFoligno) July 22, 2019The 30-year-old wore the prestigious number for Brazil at the recent Copa America tournament, having also donned the 10 shirt for Shakhtar Donetsk.Despite his impressive pedigree and diligence, some fans are really not happy with Chelsea’s decision to give the shirt number to Willian, especially ahead of the likes of Hudson-Odoi and Pulisic.Scroll down to see what they have said. Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder latest REVEALED The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Pullisic or Hudsoi Odoi should be given number 10 jersey, not Willian please.— FarindokiBetTips®™⚽ (@FarindokiBetTip) July 22, 2019 Willian #10 – full on banter era— ⚽️🧠 (@VerticalPlay) July 22, 2019 Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January targets Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Willian is Chelsea’s new No.10 Callum Hudson-Odoi was reportedly set to take the number from Hazard to keep him from Bayern Munich’s clutches Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update CHO wanting number 10Willian: pic.twitter.com/xQwXaB9dy6— Geezer32 (@SotiropoulosVas) July 22, 2019 Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Willian getting number 10 is so appalling. Anyone with some sort of brain knows Pulisic is miles ahead of him.— ᒍᗩY🏆 (@TheCheekyRubes) July 22, 2019 deals TROPHY FAREWELL Willian has confirmed he will be taking the number 10 shirt at Chelsea, previously held by Eden Hazard .The Belgium winger left Stamford Bridge this summer to join Real Madrid in a deal worth up to £130million after add-ons. Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers A target for Bayern Munich, it was suggested the Blues would offer the England international Hazard’s old number in order to convince him to snub the Bundesliga champions.But in a recent interview with Brazilian TV show Desimpedidos, Willian confirmed he had been offered the No.10 shirt and would be taking it instead of his old number 22 shirt. If Willian actually gets #10 pic.twitter.com/707lPLW3ul— #OtisHive (@TreyMaleke) July 22, 2019last_img read more