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Is Belize’s vote in FIFA Congress valid?

Posted: Thursday, February 25, 2016. 11:25 am CST.

By Aaron Humes: Football Federation of Belize President, Ruperto Vicente, votes in tomorrow’s FIFA election in Zurich, even though he has been suspended according to his Executive Committee, although he claims the suspension is not legal. FIFA and CONCACAF are yet to rule on the matter.  ruperto vicente (president, football federation of belize)

As reported by Inside World Football, Vicente is accused of disallowing candidates not loyal to him in upcoming district elections scheduled for March 13 and overstepping his authority in the decisions he and his General-Secretary Michael Blease, have been making.

Vicente has denied the charges and refused to accept his suspension, and following the vote held an impromptu meeting of FFB Congress members where it was decided the suspension could be put on hold until a legal interpretation from FIFA and CONCACAF was forthcoming.

Both sides in the dispute have written to CONCACAF and FIFA, but 6 weeks before FFB elections are due, the matter remains unresolved. Whilst the executive committee members would like to see FIFA stepping in to set up a normalization committee, Vicente, had already set off to cast his vote in the election.

Vicente replied, when asked who Belize would support as it did Sepp Blatter:

“In Central America we vote as a block. We look at what is most important for Central America. And as well, since we will be having a meeting tomorrow, we will be looking at what is best for CONCACAF. But Central America block has decided on who we should be supporting, but that is going to be confirmed tomorrow.”

Belize and the Central American regional grouping UNCAF have made a block public commitment to support Gianni Infantino.

 

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