ZURICH, Switzerland – FIFA officially announced the six-year ban of Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick after violating ethics rules.
Gordon Derrick is also the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association’s general secretary since 2004. He was charged with conflict of interest and bribery among others, with a fine of 30,000 Swiss francs or £23,000.
FIFA chose to take control of the corruption allegations since its outburst in 2015. Thirty former and present officials were indicted in the US due to “deep-rooted” corruption after an investigation commissioned the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The search was initiated after a questionable bidding process that led to Qatar winning the 2022 World Cup.
The CFU head joined the long list of executives who were suspended or axed by the organization’s ethics group because of graft and corruption. He replaced Jack Warner from Trinidad and Tobago in May 2012. Warner left the position vacant after the ethics committee began its investigation on alleged corruption. FIFA then banned him for life.
Derrick is a graduate of the Florida Institute of Technology, with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He obtained his master’s degree at the University of the West Indies. He also works as the Antigua Commercial Bank director.
The Antiguan head sought to take over Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) in 2016. Previous leaders were relieved from their posts due to graft cases. Derrick failed the background check commissioned by the committee on compliance and was disqualified for the position.
Derrick’s position as the CFU head was challenged by David John-Williams from Trinidad and Tobago Football Association in July 2016. He won with 18 votes against 12.
Aside from the cases mentioned, Gordon Derrick was also charged with mismanagement of funds, disloyalty, and abuse of position. He is yet to comment in response to the sanction.