‘I have no fear’ – Burrell not worried about – prosecution in FIFA probe

first_imgJamaica Football Federation (JFF) president, Captain Horace Burrell, said his hands are clean and does not fear being prosecuted in connection with the ongoing investigations into corruption at football’s world governing body FIFA and has vowed to oversee changes that will restore CONCACAF’s reputation. Since May this year, two presidents – Jeffrey Webb and Alfredo Hawit – of CONCACAF, the confederation representing football bodies from the Caribbean and North and Central America, have been arrested as the United States Justice Department in conjunction with Swiss authorities investigate malfeasance amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars. Webb, who was arrested in May, and Hawit, jailed in early December, were among an estimated 30 football officials who were arrested between May and December this year. Webb has pleaded not guilty to corruption charges in US Federal Court. Arising from the arrests, Burrell, a close friend and business partner of Webb, was among several officials appointed to an executive committee at CONCACAF that will oversee the running of the confederation until elections are held in May 2016. Asked if there were fears among the committee members about further arrests, Burrell said he was not fearful of being implicated of anything sinister. “I can only speak for myself; I have absolutely no fear or concerns and I am sure my other colleagues would feel the same way, but you just can’t swear for anyone in this case, so we just have to hope,” he said. Meanwhile, he said CONCACAF executives have been aggressively pursuing solutions to the ongoing crisis that will ensure that in future the organisation will not have to endure the embarrassment of the ongoing situation. He claims proposed reforms being pursued within CONCACAF will exceed those being put in place at FIFA. “It is now said CONCACAF are the trendsetters for the reform process because we are going deeper in some of the areas than FIFA is,” he said. “So currently, we are on track to repair the image, to rebuild the image and to chart a course that will see us not getting back into this situation. “Whoever goes there eventually will not have an opportunity to slip back into what has caused us to be in this position.”last_img read more

Coutinho and Mane start for Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool Liverpool team news: Coutinho and Mane start against Southampton Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 22:03 11/18/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Philippe Coutinho Liverpool 2017 Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Southampton Southampton Jurgen Klopp has made four changes to his XI, with two of his stars returning but Adam Lallana has to wait for his first appearance of the season Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane are included in Liverpool’s starting line-up against Southampton at Anfield after shaking off an adductor and hamstring issue respectively.The Brazilian overcame his injury during the international break, while the Senegal speedster felt a recurrence of the problem after helping secure his country’s World Cup spot at the expense of South Africa.Liverpool -1 EVS v Saints Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mane returned to Melwood during the FIFA interval to continue his recovery and runs out from the off against his former club.Jordan Henderson is also part of the XI having recovered from a thigh complaint, but the encounter comes too soon for ex-Saints star Adam Lallana.The England international, who had a more serious version of the captain’s injury, is waiting to make his first appearance of the season having resumed full training on Wednesday.Joel Matip – also nursing a thigh issue – misses out with Dejan Lovren starting for Liverpool for the first time since his torrid showing in last month’s defeat at Tottenham.Liverpool starting XI: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Klavan, Lovren, Moreno, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Coutinho, Salah, Mane, Firmino.Liverpool subs: Karius, Gomez, Milner, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sturridge, Solanke.Southampton starting XI: Forster; Cedric, Van Dijk, Hoedt, Bertrand; Romeu, Davis; Tadic, Boufal, Redmond; Long. Southampton subs: McCarthy, Yoshida, Hojberg, Ward-Prowse, Targett, Gabbiadini, Austin. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more