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Jul 8, 2013

F.F.B. knew of status of deported player

Elroy Kuylen

The road to Gold Cup 2013 has been a bumpy one. First the assistant coach, Charlie Slusher was suspended and barred from joining the team in the United States. Then one of the players was turned back upon arrival in Houston, Texas on Friday. Immigration officials detained Elroy Kuylen and sent him back to Belize.  Prior to his departure, News Five spoke to F.F.B. President, Ruperto Vicente.


Ruperto Vicente, President, F.F.B.

“What happened is that Elroy Kuylen had overstayed his time in the United States. And even though he was issued another visa, we were sure that he would have been allowed to enter. But on getting to Houston, he was detained and then sent back to Belize.”


Jose Sanchez

Ruperto Vicente

“Okay so it was a situation you were apprised of from before?”


Ruperto Vicente

“Yes we were aware of the fact that he had overstayed his time, but he was one of the players that the coach had selected and he had confidence in him.”


Jose Sanchez

“Have you communicated with him since his return any at all?”


Ruperto Vicente

“No we have been trying to get in contact with him, but he has not been answering his calls. We sympathize with Elroy and remains a member of the national football team. So we are looking forward to continue our relationship with him and working with him as well.”


Jose Sanchez

“There is an issue that came up in Portland regarding someone I believe that was following the team from Guatemala that may have offered either a member of the team or perhaps even the coach a bribe. Can you tell us about that?”


Ruperto Vicente

“Yes, match-fixing is a big thing in football and FIFA has been very protective of the game. And we are encouraged to tell our players that whenever these situations arises that they inform the authorities. You got to understand that when our players left here, they were clamoring about monies and so these things go internationally and these people who are involved in match-fixing get these information and they target players who are asking for more monies. And they offer them big monies; more than what we can offer them. And that’s the problem with match-fixing and so those people involved target players whom they believe come from poor nations and need monies. But I’m glad that our players did not accept the bribe and that they reported the matter.”


Jose Sanchez

“Can you tell us if the coach was also approached and also which players were approached?”


Ruperto Vicente

“Well the players that were approached were Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West, but the coach was never approached.”


Jose Sanchez

“And the other issue that we are looking at is the game itself. We are there in Portland, it is a change of climate, the weather there, it is a faster turf. How has it been looking so far? Have you communicated with Coach Mork?”


Ruperto Vicente

“Well the place have been very comfortable with artificial turf. We practiced in Guatemala and they were very comfortable with artificial turf. They believe it is a pitch that they can handle. And certainly there is not much of a difference except that it is more flat and the ball moves a little faster. So with our players being fast, it is going to be good for them.”


News Five has also attempted to reach Elroy Kuylen for comment but he did not answer his phone. 

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5 Responses for “F.F.B. knew of status of deported player”

  1. Dam Right says:

    You silly’s the man wasn’t “Deported” he was just refused entry into the US.. That can happen to anyone. Being given a Visa does not gurantee entry into the US. Even the people at the Embassy tell you that.

  2. Think says:

    You sillies the man wasn’t ‘DEPORTED”. He was denied entry into the US. And that can happen to anyone because being granted a visa does not guarantee entry into the US. Even the people at the Embassy and their website tells you that.

  3. Al says:

    This young man needs encouragement at this time. Yes, more than one person have overstayed their visa into the United States. Give him some support, this is painful for him at this time.

  4. ceo says:

    There is no way to know he overstayed his time if he was not previously deported so “Dam Right” you are dam wrong this time and Mr Think you need to think too. We should encourage Mr Kuylen indeed. It must be very disappointed but the things we do in life many times catches up with us and then we pay the price: this is an unfortunate situation! Your immigration record will be cleaned up after a few years and you will be able to travel to the US after some time.

  5. melinda says:

    Another one caught. Dam right and THINK are the same person, big PUP kiss ups giving multiple opinions as if they are different. Dam shame!

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