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guided North team
to a three-wicket
win over South in
Classic on Monday
with an unbeaten
"From Guyana in
1994 when he
made his debut
to his last Test
innings, he gave
his heart to West
and what do we
do? Drop him
and that's it."
West Indies legend
BRIAN LARA on his
was axed from the
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The Trinidad and Tobago Football
Association (TTFA) wishes to advise
that the CONCACAF Advanced Level
Goalkeeping Course scheduled to
take place in Port of Spain from May
28th-30th has been postponed until
CONCACAF's Development man-
ager Jonathan Martinez informed the
TTFA today of the decision to post-
the course which is CONCACAF's
newest to the list and would have
been the first advance goalkeeping
course being delivered by CONCACAF.
The course, scheduled to take place
at the TTFA offices, Hasely Crawford
Stadium, would have been led by
American instructor Claine Plummer,
formerly of American Major League
Soccer (MLS) clubs LA Galaxy and
Information on the new date of the
course will be relayed in due course.
TTFA postpones goalkeeping course
Fifa is facing calls for a review of
the decision to award the 2018 and
2022 World Cups to Russia and Qatar
after bribery and racketeering charges
were laid against senior officials. Influ-
ential football figures also want the
sport s governing body to postpone
tomorrow s presidential election.
Prince Ali Bin Al-Hussein of Jordan
is standing against incumbent Sepp
"We cannot continue with the crisis
in Fifa," he said.
In addition to a United States-led
criminal investigation, Swiss officials
are looking into the 2018 and 2022
World Cup bids.
Fifa has welcomed the investigations
into alleged corruption by some of its
most powerful figures and said there
is no question of re-running the 2018
and 2022 bids.
It has also insisted the election will
go ahead as planned.
Fifa s Independent Ethics Committee
has also banned 11 officials named by
investigators from football activities.
"Such misconduct has no place in foot-
ball and we will ensure that those who
engage in it are put out of the game,"
'They'll have no option but to
rethink and revote'
Fifa say there will not be a revote for
the 2018 World Cup in Russia or the
2022 tournament in Qatar
Lennart Johansson, former president
of European football s governing body
Uefa, says the decision to award the
World Cup to Russia and Qatar should
now be reviewed following the latest
Fifa corruption allegations.
The 85-year-old Swede told news-
paper Sportbladet: "I expect they will
reconsider the decisions. Blatter himself
has said that the decision to go east
wasn t proper. I am sure the initiative
will now be taken to make a new deci-
Ex-England striker and BBC Match
of the Day presenter Gary Lineker
agreed: "There are now major inves-
tigations not just concerning Fifa and
corruption but also the two bids---World
Cups 2018 and 2022---so a lot will
depend on how rotten it was and how
corrupt the voting process was.
"If it s substantial enough then I
think they ll have no option but to
rethink and revote. It s a mess, it s a
Former Football Association (FA) chief
executive Mark Palios believes Fifa s
resolve in not re-running a bid could
be "tested". He told the BBC: "In the
past they ve said if there is proven cor-
ruption of the process they would make
changes and this is first time that will
actually be tested."
But others doubt Fifa s appetite for
a new vote.
Prince Ali is the only challenger to
Swiss Blatter after former Portugal
international Luis Figo and Dutch Foot-
ball Federation boss Michael van Praag
withdrew so as not to split the anti-
Blatter, who has been in power since
1998, is expected to win a fifth term
as president as he is understood to have
the backing of the majority of Fifa s
209 member associations.
But Uefa has called for the election
to be postponed.
In a statement it said: "There is a
strong need for a change to the lead-
ership of this Fifa. The Fifa Congress
should be postponed, with new Fifa
presidential elections to be organised
within the next six months."
And FA chairman Greg Dyke told
BBC Radio 5 live: "This is a very serious
day for Fifa and the leadership of Fifa
and we would vote for Prince Ali, we
were one of the people who nominated
him to stand against Sepp Blatter and
we would certainly vote for him if the
election goes ahead but I m not sure
that it will go ahead in these circum-
David Mellor, chairman of the gov-
ernment s Football Task Force between
1997 and 1999, said: "To say this elec-
tion can go on Friday takes absurdity
to unrivalled lengths."
Former FA chairman David Bernstein
told the BBC voters need more time to
assess the ramifications of Wednesday s
news and that the election should be
"There s too much uncertainty and
a lot of evidence and stuff to come
onto the table that you would ve
thought people would want to know
about this sort of stuff," he said.
However, former Fifa advisor Michael
Hershman told the BBC: "I reckon they
will go ahead. I think Blatter has enough
confidence to win, which is really unfor-
tunate. Whilst not getting arrested him-
self he must take responsibility for cre-
ating a climate within Fifa which has
led to various scandals and essentially
to these arrests."
Fifa under Blatter lacks credibility
Prince Ali hoping to
Prince Ali, the man hoping to oust
Blatter added a change of leadership
was needed to restore confidence in
He said Fifa needed leadership that:
"Governs guides and protects our
national associations. Accepts respon-
sibility for its actions and does not pass
blame. Restores confidence in the hun-
dreds of millions of football fans around
BBC Newsnight chief correspondent
Laura Kuenssberg said Blatter may be
quizzed following Wednesday s devel-
A spokesman for the Swiss attorney
general, Andre Marty, told Kuenssberg
that "theoretically, every person
involved in the allocation of the World
Cups might be questioned".
Earlier this week, Uefa chief Michel
Platini said Fifa will continue to "lack
credibility" as long as Blatter remains
Lineker also believes Blatter must
go: "There can t be a more corrupt,
deplorable organisation on Earth than
Fifa. The house of cards is falling. Time
Britain s Minister for Sport Tracey
Crouch said she "fully backed" calls
for change, claiming "reform is urgently
needed at the top of Fifa".
Labour too has called for Blatter to
"step aside" and urged sponsors to
withdraw support unless Fifa initiates
"fundamental and immediate reform".
How the drama unfolded
Dawn raids were carried out at the
Baur au Lac hotel in Zurich, where Fifa
officials are staying.
The raids were connected to a US
Department of Justice 47-count indict-
ment charging 14 defendants with rack-
eteering, wire fraud and money laun-
dering conspiracies in a 24-year
Seven Fifa officials were arrested on
charges they received more than $150m
Among those arrested is Fifa vice-
president Jeffrey Webb.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation
(FBI), a US law enforcement organisa-
tion, also raided the headquarters of
the Confederation of North, Central
America and Caribbean Association
Football (Concacaf) in Miami.
Six of the seven arrested in Switzer-
land are challenging their extradition
to the US, Swiss officials later revealed.
BBC Radio 5 live sports news cor-
respondent Richard Conway says the
double corruption probe could influence
the result of Friday s presidential elec-
FIFA senior vice president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon, third right, checks his
phone outside an hotel in Zurich, Switzerland, yesterday morning. The Swiss
Federal Office of Justice said six football officials have been arrested and
detained pending extradition at the request of US authorities ahead of the FIFA
congress in Zurich. In a statement yesterday the FOJ said US authorities suspect
the officials of having received paid bribes totaling millions of dollars. Swiss
federal prosecutors also announced that they were to open criminal proceedings
related to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. AP Photo
...Fifa faces questions over World Cup bids and elections
FIFA corruption cannot continue---Prince Ali
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