Former CFU president Gordon Derrick

ZURICH, Switzerland (CMC) — FIFA’s Appeal Committee has reduced the ban on former Caribbean Football Union (CFU) president Gordon Derrick from six years to four years.

The reduction means he has three years and six weeks left on his ban.

Derrick, the former General Secretary of Antigua’s Football Association, had initially been given the six-year ban by a FIFA’s Ethics Committee back in September 2017, following an investigation which began in March 2015. He has denied wrongdoing.

He had also been barred from contesting the 2016 election for the CONCACAF presidency that saw Canadian Victor Montagliani taking the job.

FIFA’s appeal committee said it agreed with the original verdict that Derrick had violated rules on offering and accepting gifts and other benefits, conflicts of interest, loyalty and general conduct.

“These breaches were confirmed by the FIFA Appeal Committee,” it said in a FIFA statement.

It did not agree, however, with the ethics committee’s findings that Derrick had failed to collaborate with the investigation or disclose information.
It therefore decided to “reduce the sanction imposed on Derrick, following its finding that fewer (ethics code) articles had been infringed, and taking into account all mitigating circumstances of the case.”

The appeal committee said it had also halved an original fine of 30,000 Swiss francs (US$30,300). Derrick now has the option of taking his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.