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Jul 1, 2011

World Cup pre-qualifier against Montserrat still in limbo

Bernaldino Pech

On Monday the Football Federation of Belize was ordered by Supreme Court Justice Minnet Hafiz to withdraw a claim made against the National Sports Council following the issuance of a letter by Minister John Saldivar to FIFA informing them that government would not be providing security for game two a World Cup pre-qualifier against Montserrat.  Belize was subsequently banned by the organization from participating in any FIFA-related football activities and that’s where things are up until late this evening.  Despite an order that both parties were to settle the matter out of court with F.F.B. being registered by the Sports Council on June thirtieth there is still no progress as tonight the F.F.B. remains under suspension by FIFA.  News Five spoke with Senior Vice President Bernaldino Pech this evening and he told us that they are prepared to re-file their claim in court before asking FIFA to lift the suspension.

Via Phone: Bernaldino Pech, Senior Vice President, F.F.B.

“We were in court on Monday where we had reached an agreement—our attorney and the attorney for the National Sports Council had reached an agreement in chambers and as per the court order, we have remained silent. However at this point in time we need to come public because as part of the agreement, basically we had passed over our constitution to them that they said that they have not received even though we are aware that we had sent the copies of it. Their attorney made a reasonable agreement with ours that having the constitution they will proceed to register us by the thirtieth of June which was yesterday. We have been waiting and waiting and we haven’t made any public pronouncement on this and being an honorable organization that is willing to abide by gentlemen’s agreement and with the orders of the court, we held our silence despite all the negative publicity that was out there. Notwithstanding all of this, the thirtieth which was yesterday came and went and we still have not gotten any resolution; they still have not complied with their part of the bargain which was to have us registered by June thirtieth.”

Isani Cayetano

“Now Mister Pech it would seem that time is winding down on you guys with regards to the July tenth deadline. What is your next course of action to be eligible to play this particular game prior to then?”

Via Phone: Bernaldino Pech

“Well we will continue fighting; we will continue going to courts. I mean part of the agreement was that if they had registered us by the thirtieth—that was the reason why we had agreed not to re-file our claim. Which if this agreement had not been reached on Monday, it would have been re-filed by the Tuesday. Notwithstanding that we will proceed to court again to re-file and we are also exploring our options with FIFA as well and we hope that we will be able to convince FIFA that by having us suspended, they are playing into the government’s hands. So we are hoping to play our game with FIFA’s permission even if it means—which pains us—even if it means that we have to go beyond our borders to play that game. So we are considering other options as we speak.”

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2 Responses for “World Cup pre-qualifier against Montserrat still in limbo”

  1. javier solis says:

    FFB, a nation within a nation. They must get their way. big bugs at stake for for these guys. Have the headquarters in Belize, play ball using the name Belize, yet play at home games in other countries. What kind of fool is that??

  2. mylegacyb4mypeople says:

    FIFA needs to respect the laws of the country, I am sure that they could not carry on that no interference crap in the US where it relates to the laws associated with the way associations and ran and their reporting requirements, I guess they see the laws of Belize being insignificant when it comes to a big bad association like themselves. Remember My Legacy B4 My People.

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