Contributed by Heavy Duty
Making the rounds, in case you have not seen it yet, is the Integrity Committee Report of Investigation as presented to the Executive Committee of CONCACAF – The Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football.
Barbados’ former Chief Justice was the Chairman of the Committee. (photo above) Yes, Sir David Anthony Cathcart Simmons himself was in charge of an inquiry into integrity issues. I’ll leave that fact without further observation and get to the meat of what I want to say:
Having perused the report very, very briefly I have the following comments:
1) The conclusions of the Committee are based on “a balance of probabilities”. Yet the authors say that in determining the facts “it applied various legal standards…”. The obvious question is what legal standards? In criminal law the standard of proof is beyond reasonable doubt!
2) Although Jack tells the Committee bluntly to go jump in the lake, he ain’t co-operatin’, Blazer’s lawyers tell the Committee that Blazer has issues with FIFA and that Blazer is not prepared only to discuss the issues that FIFA wants, but he wants to discuss everything. The Committee ignores this and says that Blazer and Warner wouldn’t co-operate at all! This is not quite true.
3) The Committee appears to have reached its conclusions on the basis of unsworn statements and documents which were not introduced to the Committee via sworn statements. In other words, the conclusions of the Committee are not necessarily based on justiciable evidence.
4) The Committee does not refer at all to what I call the Havelange correspondence where Jack says that he got the Centre of Excellence as a gift. The obvious conclusions from this are (a) FIFA hid the correspondence from the Committee; or (b) The Committee saw it but suppressed it; or
(c) The Committee saw it but did not understand it. In other words, the Committee is incompetent.
Choose any one or more of the above and you realise that problems arise with the whole report.
I raise these points not by way of defence for Jack, but because it is absolutely clear to me that there is a lot more … a whole lot more … to this story than we are being told. One thing is clear: this ain’t over by a loooonnnngggggg shot!! I predict that the Simmons Committee will end up with quite a lot of mud not only being thrown at it but also sticking to it!!
Life in the Tropics!!!
Download the Committee’s Report here in PDF: Concacaf Report