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Jul 12, 2011

FIFA letter says representatives coming to Belize

Ariel Alvarado

Earlier today the Ministry of Sports announced that a delegation from FIFA will be in Belize on July nineteenth.  The release says that it received a letter from the international football authority saying that the delegation comprises FIFA Executive and Emergency Committee member, Rafael Salguero; CONCACAF Executive Member Ariel Alvarado and UNCAF President, Rafael Tinoco. The ministry views the meeting as a positive development and claims that it had invited the F.F.B. to enter into dialogue since July 2010. According to the release, the letter is in response to a July seventh correspondence from Minister of Sports John Saldivar, who wrote asking FIFA to “respect the sovereignty of our nation and not impose its will on our people.” That’s the ministry’s version of the FIFA letter. But News Five has obtained a copy of the correspondence sent to Minister John Saldivar by Markus Kattner, FIFA Deputy Secretary General in Zurich, dated July eleventh.

RAFAEL TINICO

Kattner’s letter is terse; he advises that according to the regulations governing the application of the FIFA status “international football matches recognized by FIFA are those between two members of FIFA and for which each member fields a representative team.” Kattner tells Saldivar that each member must manage its affairs independently and as such the F.F.B. can decide which team to field or recognize at the exclusion of any other body such as government.

Says the letter: “we fail to see how a lengthy suspension could allow the government of Belize to achieve any meaningful objective. It is to be noted that even in the case of a suspension, only F.F.B. and its current office bearers would remain recognized by FIFA.”

Rafael Salguero

It is not known who the FIFA delegation will be meeting with but Kattner requests the minister to facilitate a meeting with Prime Minister Barrow, who received FIFA President Sepp Blatter earlier this year. FIFA suspended the F.F.B. in June and on Saturday the National Sports Council failed to register the F.F.B. which has about a month to settle its differences with NSC or face expulsion from FIFA. Meanwhile, the F.F.B. team is already in Honduras to play Montserrat in a pre-qualifier game for world cup 2014.

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4 Responses for “FIFA letter says representatives coming to Belize”

  1. manuel says:

    this goverment is doing this because they are in the power.
    so they think they own the country.put there day is coming.especially for Mr John saldivar.
    when he lost the next general election.

  2. manuel26 says:

    they mess up.transport,.b.e.l, btl, suger company by the big guns selling to Guatemala.
    and now the football ass.thats what this Goverment is about.

  3. witoutstrugglethereisnoprogress says:

    Wen I look at this article is seem to me the members of FIFA does not neccesarly mean it has to be a Country but simply and organization that organizes football matches…..If FIFA wants to contibute to the FFB it all up to them………A country is different. As Belizeans we need to make sure any organization , money in hand or not, must respect our flag and our Nation. If they will respect and regconize FFB wheather “Belize” regconize the FFB then maybe the FFB needs to find somewhere else to live.

  4. Earl Grey says:

    WHEN WILL WE GET A DECENT FOOTBALL STADIUM…………………… good enough TO HOST INTERNATIONAL HOME GAMES??????

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