WARNER’S INDICTMENT The disqualification leaves Canadian Soccer Association president Victor Montagliani and Bermuda Football Association president Larry Mussenden as the only candidates. Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago, CONCACAF’s president from 1983-2011, was indicted by a US grand jury in New York City last May on charges of racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, money laundering conspiracy and money laundering. He is fighting extradition. He was succeeded by Jeffrey Webb, who headed CONCACAF from 2012 until he was indicted last May. He pleaded guilty November 23 to racketeering conspiracy, wire fraud conspiracy, and money laundering conspiracy, and agreed to forfeit more than $6.7 million. Alfredo Hawit of Honduras replaced Webb and was indicted in November. He pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of wire fraud conspiracy and one count each of racketeering conspiracy and conspiracy to obstruct justice. CONCACAF said Luis Hernandez of Cuba and John Krishnadath were running for FIFA council member from the Caribbean, and Pedro Chaluja of Panama was running unopposed for council member for the Caribbean. Sonia Bien-Aime of Turks and Caicos, elected as the Caribbean’s member of the FIFA executive committee last July, is running for CONCACAF’s female member of the new council against Joanne Salazar of Trinidad and Tobago. FIFA says Gordon Derrick, the general secretary of the Antigua and Barbuda Football Association, has failed an integrity check and won’t be allowed to run for president of CONCACAF, the sport’s regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean. Domenico Scala, chairman of FIFA’s audit and compliance committee, said in a statement yesterday that Derrick had been disqualified, but added that “for privacy reasons, we are not in a position to go into further details.” Derrick also is president of the Caribbean Football Union. In November 2011, FIFA’s ethics committee gave Derrick a reprimand and fined him 300 Swiss francs (then US$328) as part of sanctions announced for “apparent violations” of its ethics code that occurred at a CFU meeting on May 10-11 that year. Football officials were alleged to have been offered or to have received $40,000 cash payments there during Mohamed bin Hammam’s campaign for FIFA president. FIFA did not specify the violation Derrick committed. CONCACAF’s president is automatically a FIFA vice-president and member of FIFA’s ruling executive committee, which is being renamed the FIFA council.
A dominant Barcelona knocked Manchester City out of the Champions League at the last 16 stage for the second successive season after a 1-0 win at the Nou Camp ensured a 3-1 aggregate victory.City had Joe Hart to thank for keeping the scoreline respectable in an imperious display by the hosts, with Lionel Messi central to everything, including an assist for the only goal of the game, scored by Ivan Rakitic.Barcelona hit the woodwork twice in the first half but failed to put the game out of City’s reach and the visitors nearly made them pay, but Marc-Andre ter Stegen denied Aguero from the penalty spot with just under 15 minutes remaining.Barcelona saw the game out and, after a 2-1 victory at the Etihad three weeks ago, reached the quarter finals comfortably and ended England’s representation in this year’s competition.In a first half completely dominated by the hosts, Neymar hit a post in the early stages with City chasing shadows and Messi running the show.The only surprise was how long it took for the breakthrough to come. Rakitic, a Europa League winner with Sevilla last season, was found brilliantly by Messi at the far post and the Croatian kept his composure to lob Hart just after the half hour mark.It was then Luis Suarez’s turn to go close, but the Uruguayan was also denied by the woodwork after being played through by Neymar as Barcelona threatened to kill the tie off before half time.The Nou Camp is accustomed to Messi displays of this class but the Argentine was exceeding even his own standards, with former boss Pep Guardiola unable to hide his appreciation in the audience.The second half began in the same manner, with Jordi Alba and Messi denied by the outstanding Hart before Suarez could only shoot wide when finding space down the City left.Then, in a frantic 60 seconds, City nearly scrambled an equaliser through substitute Jesus Navas and then James Milner, before Messi was eventually denied by Hart’s feet after a lightning quick counterattack.After Hart denied Neymar yet again moments later, City were handed a lifeline when Pique was controversially adjudged to have brought down Aguero inside the penalty area, but his spot kick was well saved by German keeper ter Stegen.Hart denied Barcelona a second goal time and time again before the final whistle but the saves were academic, as City failed to reach the last eight for the fourth season in a row. 1 Ivan Rakitic scores the winners goal against Man City