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Jul 7, 2011

Football match to take place in Honduras

Team Belize will be playing a return match against Montserrat. That’s the word that came out earlier today from FIFA. The team will be heading to San Pedro Sula in Honduras early next week for practice before the July seventeenth game, the second in a series of World Cup 2014 pre-qualifiers.   Belize was given the green light by FIFA, which temporarily lifted a ban on the Football Federation of Belize that was imposed when government decided that it would not provide security for the return game with Montserrat.  But even before the team left for the Montserrat game, the F.F.B. was decertified by the National Sports Council and the government claimed it did not represent Belize. Belize beat Montserrat five-two and was to play the return match at the F.F.B. field in Belmopan, but FIFA announced the ban.  The F.F.B. went to court, seeking an injunction against the government, but Justice Minnet Hafiz requested that the issue be resolved privately between the F.F.B. and the Sports Council.  Both parties remain at an impasse; however, the FFB proceeded to file a petition to FIFA’s Emergency Committee in Switzerland stating that it had complied with the rule of law despite the ministry’s foot dragging to settle the matter amicably.  In a letter issued today FIFA has provisionally lifted the ban on F.F.B. until August fifteenth when it is expected that the deadlock should have been resolved in its totality.  Today F.F.B.’s Senior Vice President Bernaldino Pech stopped by to share the good news.

Bernaldino Pech, Senior Vice President, F.F.B.

Bernaldino Pech

“I am happy to inform the country that FIFA has granted us a slight reprieve in that they have temporarily lifted the suspension and the initial consequence of that is that it has allowed us to play our second leg of the Montserrat series which we already as the nation is aware we already were leading five to two.”

Isani Cayetano

“In terms of where this particular match will be held can you disclose that information to us?”

Bernaldino Pech

“Well certainly, what has happened is that because the issue with the National Sports Council still remains and why it remains is a mystery to us because we have handed over all the documentation that they said they needed.  Our attorneys had reached an agreement in court that they would have registered us by the thirtieth of June.  That came and went and still no registration.  We are a week and a half later and that still hasn’t happened so the issue has not gone away.  In light of that FIFA advised us that they are requesting, they are requiring us actually to play the game beyond our borders which is rather unfortunate.  It’s rather unfortunate for all our boys on the team.  It’s unfortunate for all the football fans in the country who were really, really very excited and geared up to watch this game.  So unfortunately we have to follow the dictates of FIFA and we have been in discussions with the federation of Honduras and the city of San Pedro Sula and we are hopeful that we would be able to play our game there next week Sunday.”

Isani Cayetano

“Now FIFA has granted you, the F.F.B., until August fifteenth to have this matter with the National Sports Council resolved.  If you go to Honduras and win game two there you’ll be up two going into the World Cup pre-qualifying matches that lie ahead.  What happens if the issue is not resolved by August fifteenth?”

Bernaldino Pech

“Well it’s definitely our first priority right now and the focus that our team has to have at the moment is to go out there and get the job done.  That is priority number one.  Now we still have the issue hanging over our heads like an albatross; however, we feel and we are hopeful that sane minds will prevail, you know, that people will be able to put aside all the issues of personality, all the bad blood that has existed and come to the table.  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I am prepared to lead a delegation from the federation for us to sit down with the Ministry of Sports, with the National Sports Council or any party that the government wishes to appoint so that we can come to a resolution of this impasse because that’s basically what it is, an impasse.  We can come to a resolution so that the game of football doesn’t suffer.”

According to FIFA’s Secretary General, Jerome Valcke, should F.F.B.’s efforts to settle the matter by mid-august fail; the suspension will automatically be reinstated forfeiting any wins Belize would have in the preliminary games.  The suspension would effectively disqualify Belize from the rest of FIFA World Cup 2014 preliminary competitions.

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15 Responses for “Football match to take place in Honduras”

  1. reggie says:

    PM BARROW AND PRESIDENT CHEMILO HAVE ONE THING IN COMMOND NO RESPECT FOR THE LAW OF THE LAND,PAY BACK IS COMING SALDIVAR YOU CAN’T EVEN STOP THE FOOTBALL PRESIDENT FROM PLAYING THE GAME.AND HE IS A ONE MAN SHOW.BUT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT GET RID OF THE GSU.THINK ABOUT BUILDING NOT DESTROY.IT SOUND TO ME LIKE YOUR ARE RUNNING AGAINST DEAN IN HIS AREA.NOW LET ME SEE HOW YOU ARE GOING TO STOP CHEMILO AND HURT THE KIDS WHO IS TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING PLAYING THE GAME.DO YOU GUYS REALIZE THAT SPORT HIS THE BEST PAY JOB IN THE WORLD.CHEMILO IS DOING THE SAME THING THE PM IS DOING SO LEFT HIM ALONE.GO GET SOME MONEY FOR THE OIL COMPANY THAT IS RAPING OUT COUNTRY,JOHN BE CAREFULL OF BUTTING A HUNGRY MAN IN THE KITCHEN HE WILL EAT OUT ALL THE FOOD LIKE PM N HIS FAMILY.

  2. Elgin Martinez says:

    Big up Team Belize and to hell with all the haters.We need to support our Belizean brothers these guys shouldn’t pay for the FFB’s beef with Bertie.

  3. Fromafar says:

    where can i get a jersey?

  4. tim says:

    sad sad..would have been a fun family day in belmopan and the team could have made lots of $$$.. the sports council has no pride and dignity.. they must go!!!

  5. Avid Belizean says:

    can someone please explain to me why is the government of Belize not backing the FFB. As far as I can see Belize has lost quite a bit of revenues by not allowing the games to be played in Belize plus the avid football fans cannot see their country’s team play on the international level. It is a great shame that these parties that are involved cannot sit down and compromise and make things work for the betterment of our beloved country. It is time that the government of Belize to start doing what is best for the country and the people and stop acting like rich spoiled brats

  6. ibelmopan says:

    This is a shame and a disgrace to our country. As a football lover, player and analyst that I am of the greatest sport in the world I take a stand and shout to all Belizeans that we “put a stop to this immediately”.

    We are spoiling the beautiful game in our country and I feel so terrible about this that it leaves a bad taste in my mouth when I hear all this madness about FIFA in Belize.

    I have posted this article in my blog for discussion. Please feel free to visit and join the debate.
    http://ibelmopan2.blogspot.com

  7. cindy says:

    REggie do you play soccer?????? the last time these guys travel out they spent weeks working out and to their discouragement they were only given $200.00. hence a reason why they didnt go out again. the football players that are going should be ashamed! they should support the other players and leave chimilio without a team then he would resign. cant you see not even semi pro can start. why do they charge each player 25 $ each and the team an entrance fee where is that money. fifa pays all of that. why is only in Belize that only 21 players can register when world wide they have two teams? get staats then you talk>

  8. Earl Grey says:

    SPORTS IS SUPPOSED TO BE A DISTRACTION FROM POLITICS……… NOT HANDICAPPED BY IT!!!

    GET THE POLITICS OUT OF SPORTS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. CHARLS V says:

    I agree, What Chimilio has in common with Dean Barrow, they both don’t respect the laws of Belize. If the Sports Council needs to do something good for the sports of Belize is the dissolve the FFB. Show FIFA that there is a Sports Council in Belize and everybody should abide by the law of Belize. Create a new Federation that would be transparent, be under the Belize Law, and better support for football players and Belize Selection.

  10. Germain Garrett says:

    it is not that there is no respect for the nation. it is that pech and chimilio have seen the bulk of money and who would let go that easy? if it is as pech says, for the sake a di nation, call a new ffb election now in accordance with the rule, wait which are the members and affiliates to ffb?
    come on, this is reasoning…… long live belize

  11. Maurice says:

    Go team Belize. Where is the stadium that the government build, where are the players that the gov developed in Belize, where are the coaches that the government bring. This Saldivar guy has to go. Dean you need to step in like you did for the Carnival cruise lines demands. People let’s not allow politics to ruin our game and our youths. We have the crime epidemic in the city that the minister and the PM need to concentrate on.

  12. reggie says:

    REPLY TO CINDY i don’t play soccer.but i know of 2 of the players that is on the team.that came out of tournament i sponsor for year.yes i feel the pain for them.but do u think if you go to see the doctor for an operation he/she make sure you stay alive.after the operation.meaning that GOB can let the game play while they do the operation.or fix the problem,they forget that a good criminal must stay one step ahead of the law.that is chemilo.pm is waite for the crime to be commit and then call me. at least the players is not killing anyone even with the $25.0o is it better that having a gun killing someone for their hard earn money.PEACE CINDY

  13. Roy Yates says:

    What a government? They can’t even develop a meaningful sports program for the youths and the country that they claim to love so much. Bloody useless bunch.

  14. hmm says:

    I thought Penner was a bad Sports Minister because he only show up at events and wave his Belize Flag. Never did i think the day would come when i miss Elvin Penner. He did nothing, but he was proud of our athletes.
    Saldivar tries to kill sports, he wants to put the bus man, wes line Chuc in Saldivar’s place. Saldivar is dangerous for Belize.

  15. webad says:

    Go John go, dont turn back. Chimilio must be brought down for the sake and love of the game. Chimilio has done very little to nothing with the Millions the Fifa Assistance Programme has give to developmental football in Belize. If Bertie really cares about the game and Belize he should resign, but he will not because he cannot leave all that money and hight life he is living. Chim must go down.

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