Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : February 12th 2016 Contents BERLIN---The German Football
League (DFL) has given the go-ahead
for the possible testing of video re-
plays in the Bundesliga over a two-
year pilot phase.
The DFL says it will be lodging an
application with FIFA to take part if
the pilot phase is approved by the
International Football Association
Board at its next annual general
meeting on March 5.
The DFL says video replays could
be used by a "team of impartial
match officials for the purpose of
avoiding any evidently incorrect de-
cisions" and that the pilot phase
would be preceded by "intensive
These would include the settle-
ment of costs among FIFA, the IFAB,
the DFL and German football feder-
ation, as well as training for the can-
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Bundesliga go-ahead for video replay tests
The five FIFA presidential candidates
meet in Miami today with the elec-
tion s most inscrutable voters who
are deep in their own leadership race amid
a financial crisis.
Nothing is simple these days with scan-
dal-rocked CONCACAF which has had three
recent presidents indicted by the US Depart-
ment of Justice in a sprawling FIFA bribery
Still, the 35 FIFA voting federations from
North and Central America and the
Caribbean could be decisive in the February
"Every member can make their own deci-
sion," Victor Montagliani, the Canadian Soc-
cer Association s president, told The Asso-
ciated Press in a telephone interview. "The
CONCACAF executive committee is not
going to issue any statement that they will
support any candidate."
That freedom alone makes the region s
intentions unpredictable, plus its non-aligned
status with the FIFA candidates coming from
Africa, Asia and Europe.
They are: Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al
Khalifa, the presumed front-runner from
Bahrain who leads Asian soccer; UEFA general
secretary Gianni Infantino from Switzerland;
Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, a former FIFA
vice president from Jordan; former FIFA
international relations director Jerome Cham-
pagne of France; and South African busi-
nessman Tokyo Sexwale, who leads FIFA s
anti-discrimination task force.
Prince Ali had pockets of support in the
region when losing to now-banned FIFA
President Sepp Blatter last May, while Infan-
tino now has pledged votes from the seven-
member Central American group.
Two weeks from the ballot in Zurich, FIFA
politics are not the main reason for the special
gathering of 41-member CONCACAF, which
includes small island federations not yet
affiliated to the world body.
CONCACAF, like FIFA, is pushing through
wide-ranging reforms to improve governance
and protect against corruption. Both soccer
bodies had their leadership structures and
reputations shredded last May when U.S.
and Swiss investigations of corruption span-
ning decades were unsealed.
In an extreme scenario, both bodies risk
being shut down and indicted as corporate
defendants by federal prosecutors.
Today, CONCACAF members will take a
position on the slate of FIFA reforms being
voted on this month and update on their
"We thought it was important that we get
together now rather than in Zurich," Mon-
tagliani said. "When we leave Miami we can
agree to disagree on some things but at least
everyone is clear."
Money will also be a main talking point.
FIFA left a $10 million hole in CONCACAF
finances when taking its audit panel s advice
in December to block funding to the region.
That has hurt members, some from tiny
Caribbean islands, where FIFA cash generated
by the $5 billion-earning World Cup is key
"We want to get a clear indication of why
it was done," said Montagliani. "At the end
of the day, FIFA is there for its members.
We will work it out and the money will be
CONCACAF meets without a president
until it holds a May 12 election in Mexico
The past two elected leaders---Jack Warner
of Trinidad and Tobago and Jeffrey Webb,
a Cayman Islands banker living in Logans-
ville, Georgia---and their interim successor,
Alfredo Hawit of Honduras, are DoJ targets.
Webb already pleaded guilty and faces sen-
tence in June in a Brooklyn court.
Montagliani is among four men already
seeking one of the hottest seats in world
soccer. The others are: FIFA appeal committee
chairman Larry Mussenden of Bermuda,
Gordon Derrick of Antigua and Barbuda,
and Mark Rodrigues of Guyana.
"It s off to a good start," said Montagliani,
a fluent speaker of Spanish and French who
was endorsed this week by the Central Amer-
"Obviously we need to get our house in
order," he said. "There s a lot of good people
in CONCACAF and a lot of people are upset,
but I think everyone realizes the only way
we get out of this is to come together."
Crisis in CONCACAF
...but FIFA candidates head Miami to woo voters
Prince Ali Al Hussein, of Jordan.
Tokyo Sexwale from South Africa
Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim al Khalifa.
Jerome Champagne..of France.
Money will also be a main
FIFA left a $10 million hole in
CONCACAF finances when
taking its audit panel's advice
in December to block funding
to the region. That has hurt
members, some from tiny
Caribbean islands, where FIFA
cash generated by the $5
billion-earning World Cup is
key to survival.
"We want to get a clear
indication of why it was
done," said Montagliani. "At
the end of the day, FIFA is
there for its members. We
will work it out and the
money will be released
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