FIFA Ethics committee question Blazer

Miami: FIFA`s Ethics Committee has questioned CONCACAF general secretary Chuck Blazer, the whistle-blower in the cash-for-votes scandal, after complaints about his behaviour from Caribbean federations.

The official complaint to FIFA was made in a letter to the committee signed by 11 Caribbean federations and seen by Reuters.

The complaint is related to Blazer`s behaviour at a CONCACAF meeting before the FIFA Congress last month in Zurich, Switzerland and does not refer in any way to the bribery issues currently under investigation by the world soccer body.

The letter said that Blazer made "statements of contempt and slander that served to impugn the integrity, discriminate against and infringe upon the personal rights" of CONCACAF members.

In an email to Reuters, Blazer confirmed he had heard from the Ethics Committee regarding the issue.

"I have received an inquiry from the secretary of the Ethics Committee to respond to a complaint filed by the Jamaica Football Federation," Blazer said.

"I will respond to the committee fully and I am confident of a positive resolution," he added.

The meeting came after Blazer had filed a dossier to the Ethics Committee containing allegations of bribery relating to a meeting in Port of Spain, Trinidad, between Caribbean federations and Asian soccer chief Mohammed Bin Hammam.

A Caribbean soccer source told Reuters the meeting was heated and involved a row over who should take over as acting president after Warner was suspended, during which Blazer told some Caribbean officials they faced investigation.

Bin Hammam and then CONCACAF president Jack Warner were subsequently suspended by the Ethics Committee pending a full investigation.

That probe gets under way in earnest on Wednesday with Caribbean representatives being interviewed by FIFA investigators in the Bahamas.

Bureau Report

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