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Feb 22, 2016

FFB President Leaves for Switzerland Amid Boiling Controversy

Marlon Kuylen

he President of the Football Federation of Belize, Ruperto Vicente is traveling to Zurich, Switzerland on Tuesday where he will be participating in an election to vote for new leadership of FIFA, the world’s governing body for the sport of soccer.  The choice of a new president to succeed the embattled Sepp Blatter comes almost nine months after he announced his resignation amid a corruption scandal that rocked the football nation.  Vicente’s trip comes in the midst of domestic woes within the Football Federation of Belize.  He stands accused of making unilateral decisions without conferring with or acting on the advice of his executive.  Those instances have been documented in a series of letters written by Marlon Kuylen, one of three executive members dissatisfied with Vicente’s management style and performance as head of the F.F.B.


Marlon Kuylen, Executive Member, FFB

“We’ve been trying and trying and trying and we can’t go under the leadership of Mr. Vicente anymore.  So we got together, we drafted a letter, we laid out all the breaches of the statutes that he was doing and in the last paragraph we said that following the statutes so and so we are suspending you from the federation.  However, he got wind of it and two FIFA officials showed up in Belize.  They called all of us to a meeting, executive members and the congress members and they had us trash out everything in a room at the federation.  And they said the best way to do this is to, you have to find a way to work together and they would be there to assist us.  So they made us commit, all of us committed that morning that we would work together and try to right this ship again.  However, it went well for a little while and then it was back to business the same way.  So we’ve been trying and trying and trying still to get this thing going but what broke the camel’s back was that in October we got wind that the General Secretary and the President were going around the districts trying to hold secret endorsements instead of elections for district associations.”

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