Soccer-Suriname FA chief confirms $40,000 cash payment

Thu Jun 9, 2011 7:09pm GMT

By Simon Evans

MIAMI, June 9 (Reuters) - The Suriname Football Association President received a gift of $40,000 after a meeting with suspended Asian Football Confederation chief Mohamed Bin Hammam and was told the cash came from the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), he said on Thursday.

FIFA is investigating events surrounding the meeting after allegations were made of bribery, Trinidadian Jack Warner, president of the CFU and CONCACAF, has been suspended by FIFA's ethics committee along with Bin Hammam, pending a full investigation.

The Puerto Rican Football Federation has also confirmed receiving money and, like Suriname, has offered to give it back.

Suriname FA president Louis Giskus, who is co-operating with FIFA's inquiry, told Reuters that he received gifts of a projector and a laptop along with a brown envelope containing $40,000.

"We have told FIFA about the gifts. The money is in our bank account. After we received the gifts, we decided not to use the gifts and we will keep the money in the bank until FIFA give us indication what to do," he said.

"We were told that the projector and the laptop were from CONCACAF and the money was from the CFU," Giskus said.

He said the gifts were distributed by CFU official Jason Sylvester who has also been suspended by FIFA.

"I asked Jason Sylvester what the money was for and he said it was for the development of football in Suriname".   Continued...

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