John

FIFA Appeals Tribunal has dismissed an appeal lodged by former president of the Dominica Football Association (DFA) Patrick John against a two-year ban.

The appeal was heard Wednesday and lawyer for John (Glen Ducreay) had expressed hope that the decision would be over turned.

However, DNO can confirm that the Appeals Tribunal on Wednesday afternoon emailed and faxed its decision to the Dominica Football Association in Roseau confirming the two-year ban imposed.

FIFA has banned 11 football heads in the Caribbean, including John, for their role in an alleged bribery plot involving former presidential candidate Mohammed Bin Hammam.

The international governing body of football had initially charged John for accepting US$40,000 in cash from Bin Hammam to support him in an election campaign against FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

But after a hearing on the matter FIFA disclosed that John did not violate its code of ethics that relates to accepting bribery of $40,000; it however found him guilty of infringement of FIFA statutes.

John has also confirmed that he was found guilty of violating FIFA code of ethics that addresses general rules including Article 8 that deals with protection of personal rights and Article 9 that relates to loyalty and confidentiality.

He claimed he was surprised after being informed that FIFA had decided to ban him.

In his appeal, he claimed that FIFA took into account “irrelevant considerations” including a previous conviction against him, more than 30 years ago.

John is not allowed to take part in any football activity neither here nor internationally for two years.