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Jun 16, 2020

F.F.B. Explains the Kent Gabourel Situation

Earl Jones

Kent Gabourel, a former coach with the Football Federation of Belize, was sent home on May twenty-first after being informed that his contract with the organization had been expired and would not be renewed.  In an interview with Gabourel last week, he told News Five that monies that were paid to him prior to realizing that his contract had expired were later deducted from his gratuity.  Likewise, monies that were owed to him from the previous F.F.B. administration were not made available to him.  This morning, F.F.B.’s General Secretary, Earl Jones, at a press conference called in Belize City where a number of football related matters came up, explained the issue.


Earl Jones, General Secretary, F.F.B.

“On the issue of the money that was paid to him, was withheld from his gratuity, it’s simply that with FIFA’s forward funds, you must pay according to an agreement or contract.  The contract came to an end and there was no new agreement to justify continue paying him from FIFA funds and F.F.B. simply does not have the funds to pay him because all our income has collapsed.  This is something that is ongoing, we had discussed this matter at length with the Labour Department to try and establish if there’s still a liability for Mr. Gabourel.  We’d be more than interested to find out why those liabilities were not paid and who were responsible to pay those liabilities.  These are some of the things that we want to look at.  We’re not trying to say that Mr. Gabourel, if he has a legitimate claim, would not be paid but we have to have a legitimate claim so that we could request the money from FIFA to pay from their funds.”

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