Patrick John demands apology from retired FIFA referee Ibrahim Brohim

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Suspended President of the Dominica Football Association (DFA) Patrick John is demanding an apology and compensation of $150,000 from retired FIFA Referee Ibrahim Brohim.

In the letter, sent through his lawyer, Glenworth A. Ducreay, John said comments made by Brohim on a local radio station on November 18, 2011 have greatly damaged his reputation.

John was banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee for two years and fined 3,000 Swiss Francs following proceedings of that Committee against Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials related to apparent violations of the FIFA Code of Ethics.

The investigations were launched following a special meeting of the CFU held in Trinidad and Tobago on the 10th and 11th of May 2011.

The letter from John’s lawyer to Ibrahaim Brohim states, “We act for and behalf of Patrick John. Our instructions are that on November 18, 2011, whilst you were on a programme aired on Radio Kairi FM, you made comments intended to damage the character and reputation of our client. Additionally, our instructions continue that the said programme and your comments were repeated on November 19, 2011.”

The letter continues, “We are instructed that ever since, your comments and the airing of the programme thereof, our client has been sought out and characterized as a dishonest and corrupt person and a person who cannot be trusted and believed.”

According to John’s lawyer, not only were Brohim’s comments reckless but, “they maliciously and intentionally defamed our client’s character by effectively lowering the esteem in which our client is held by his colleagues, friends, family members and the football fraternity which he selflessly served and the general public. Your comments have also exposed our client to public ridicule and embarrassment, contempt, shame and odium.”

“In light of the considerable damage to our clients reputation, we demand from you full and unequivocal retraction and apology with an undertaking to immediately cease and not to repeat your said comments that inferentially, implicitly or expressly make reference to our clients character. The teams of the retraction and apology shall be approved by Glen Ducreay Chambers acting on the instructions of our client,” the letter stated.

It went on, “Additionally, we have advised our client that he is also entitled to substantial compensation for damage to his reputation, character and feelings. To that effect, we are therefore claiming $150,000 in compensation on or before February 28, 2012 failing which, we are instructed to institute legal proceedings against you without further notice.”

When asked, Ibrahim Brohim refused to provide Dominica News Online with a comment on the matter.

John has appealed the decision by FIFA Ethics Committee and is awaiting a hearing on the matter.

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50 Comments

  1. baby
    December 14, 2011

    OK SOME DOMINICANS NOT EASY EH D COMMENTS R HILLARIOUS :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: BUT THESE DAYS U CAN SUE IF SOMEBODY SAY SOMETHING ABOUT U ,,WELL WELL ALL WHO SAY I TAKE DAT MAN AND DIS ONE I WILL SUE ALL U NOW ,,,,,,

  2. may
    December 14, 2011

    WELL EVERYBODY WANTS EASY AND FAST MONEY SO
    THEY ARE SUEING EACH OTHER, BUT ONE THING I
    KNOW EASY COMES EASY GOES.

  3. hmmmmmm
    December 14, 2011

    dominicans need to know tht d money dfa getting from fifa there is no way as a footballer or a fan yu can hw this money is spent. imagine dfa receives half a million us a year, what has been done with football apart from a building in estate. what progress have the clubs made and some of yu ant to defend him for not putting the monies to the clubs but instead pocketing it. wake up dominicans and pick sense out of non sense and nw he want to sue a man. wonder why he eh going to his piggy bank hmmmmm

  4. ADMINISTRATOR
    December 14, 2011

    Mr.Editor, I wonder what is working in the minds of certain people. I am not the type of person who condones wrong doing, but I am trying to find out if the disgraced president is on a witch hunting expedition or a tit for tat episode. I am saying that to mean that this is a man who has gone around saying so many things about people, but because he was never challenge, or the people that he slandered may have realized that this man do not worth his salt. Now he seem to be attempting to accumulate some much needed funds to keep him a float for the next two years.NB: With a salary of $5200.00 X 24 months($124,800.00), plus perks will amount to approximately one hundred and fifty thousand dollars. This is the motive and nothing else. Brohim, has assisted the disgraced president more than anyone else in Dominica in the advancement of football selflessly, and for today whether he may have said anything or not to attempt to extract money from him is a travesty. Further the lawyer who is representing the disgraced president should also ask himself a question in the form of ” Am I doing the right thing?” Here it is that the lawyer is the chairman of the disciplinary committee to which the disgraced president is also subjected to be disciplined in case of any infringement and he is practising double standard by being the legal representative of this man. What have we come to? Is it done in the name on money or is he in search of fame? I hope not. However, I believe that the Bar Association should intervene in order that some light is shed on this matter in order to bring to light to the unethical behavior displayed by some persons who ought to know better…

    Mr. Andrew, I do hope that this article is given a chance to be publish…my article are often shred.

  5. caktus
    December 14, 2011

    That’s peanuts for Brohim

  6. Footballer
    December 14, 2011

    I remember a High Court Judge telling the representatives of a West Coast community after throwing out a case that this is the price they pay for bad legal advice. Wow, Wow litigation to the sky on every concievable topic. We may soon learn too that Patrick is suing FIFA for what he claims to be the use of his past “challenges” to place a fine on him today. He still says he was not found guilty of any crime by the FIFA. But then he is fined big time. Can FIFA explain the fine?

  7. bb
    December 14, 2011

    Well Well Well Mr. John that is how you doing you’re fund raising to pay FIFA, ah man, u want one man to contribute $150,000.00, nah man PJ. THAT CAN MOVE.

  8. jofin
    December 14, 2011

    PLEASE!!!!!

  9. December 14, 2011

    man, is that Shillingford man that doing that with his rum ehhhhhh,he have everybody in Dominica sueing sueing sueing :-P 8)

  10. Caribbean Man
    December 14, 2011

    Please let peace prevail

  11. Trouble Intended
    December 14, 2011

    WAW….. DNO, your delete button working overtime on this article. It’s all good.

    • Trouble Intended
      December 14, 2011

      I guess you are concerned about getting SUED..LOL

  12. River Street
    December 13, 2011

    PJ. Allez soukway sak ou la ou van chebown.

  13. joy
    December 13, 2011

    why did p.j get more punishment than all the others? i really want to know.

    • MangoSweet
      December 14, 2011

      FIFA still has not told us whythey hit PJ so hard. Had to be something EXTREMELY serious.

  14. Ras Fatha
    December 13, 2011

    Eh beh Tout moun SUE……. Ani SUE SUE SUE…… Tah l’heure mwen ka SUE………. Oti Rum mwen?

  15. Sue Happy
    December 13, 2011

    I smell a rat: two year suspension, no fat FIFA salary, fines to be paid, the mighty has fallen so sue for a large sum.

  16. Hmm
    December 13, 2011

    In our legal system – TRUTH is an absolute defense!

  17. Doc.Love
    December 13, 2011

    I AM VERY DISSAPOINTED THAT THE RADIO STATION ,WHCH IT IS ALLEDGED WAS IMPROPERLY OWNED BY THE MAD COCONUT,SHOULD HAVE ALSO BEEN SUED.GOD IS NOT A POLICEMAN. WHEN THEY MESSED UP RASGOVIE,LITTLE DID THEY KNOW THAT JAR RASTAFARI WAS LISTENING AND WATCHING. THE EVIL THAT MAD MEN DO ON EARTH,WETHER CRAZY OR MAD, LIVES WITH THEM AND NOT WITH THEIR YOUTH.

  18. Eartha
    December 13, 2011

    Nature island – the litigious island——–way to go Da- in the meantime while we are distracted , vexed and suing one another,, the Haitians and Chinese are slowly and surely taking over— More lawsuits and law suits……….Litigious island.- In the meantime when credible evidence is brought up on the sale of our diplomatic passports , the PM of this litigious island is suing a patriot Dominican and saying on radio that citizen misread Dominica for the Dominican Republic and it all a lie……—way to go leader—and his lawyer files a law suit against this citizen………………….

    • lovely dominica
      December 13, 2011

      Thought the subject matter was about Patrick John and Brohim? Thank God for Skerrit.

    • Anonymous
      December 13, 2011

      True dat !

    • plawey
      December 14, 2011

      dominica wake up and smell the coffee stop the sueing and help build the country politicians help one another instead of bashing one another the public wants to see the country move on lets stop being like the outside world its time high time we the people of Dominica move on

  19. Anonymous
    December 13, 2011

    He do right suing him….

  20. Donald Tusk
    December 13, 2011

    Why is everyone so full of hate in Dominica? Where is the love?

  21. sweetness
    December 13, 2011

    patrick do have enough money to appeal so he suing

    • C. bruce
      December 13, 2011

      well if Ibrahim Brrrrrruhim (Copyright Feix Henderson) had kept his mouth shut, he would not have had to supply Mr. John his appeal money.

  22. sweetness
    December 13, 2011

    patrick want money man

  23. My2Sense
    December 13, 2011

    Right now civil litigation is becoming a mockery in Dominica.

    Shame on those attorneys who ill-advise their clients.

    • MangoSweet
      December 13, 2011

      Well they want their cut… and that won’t be no “wakay”

  24. Small
    December 13, 2011

    hahahahahah…….. Brokers you not easy papa… take de money frm de volt… or sell sumting to pay that.. thats a piece of cake for you… pocket change…..lmao….ahhahahahahhaha…

  25. him
    December 13, 2011

    Boy look law suits in this country…There is a song with the lyrics “Everybody Peeping”, but now it’s ” Everybody Sueing”..!

  26. Bell Beff
    December 13, 2011

    well boy………. signman will have to bring out them $$$$$ he have hiding….lmao… watch ur mouth brohim, you talk to dam much!!!!!!!!!

  27. Rabbit Ears
    December 13, 2011

    west coast road project

    • December 14, 2011

      ????????

  28. LOL
    December 13, 2011

    Where they selling that rum cheap there nah…cause everywhere you pass noawadays is a “sue”……lol

  29. Belle neff
    December 13, 2011

    Hold your ground Brohim doe let them intimedate you my boy,wait for the verdict.

    • Anonymous
      December 15, 2011

      i hope you will help him pay the legal fees too

  30. zzzzz
    December 13, 2011

    No, what he did all those years ago ” exposed our client to public ridicule and embarrassment, contempt, shame and odium.”

    • MangoSweet
      December 13, 2011

      The international news of the ban and fine was a pampering for PJ then? Reputation my foot!!

  31. Anonymous
    December 13, 2011

    AS I SEE IT

    ITS ABOUT TIME PATRICK TAKE A STAND TO MANY PEOPLE WALK OVER HIM IN THE PAST, AND TO TAKE AWAY WAT THE MAN FOUGHT TO ESTABLISH
    WHEN FOOTBALL WAS WAS IN THE DUMP P.J BROUGHT IT BACK TO STANDARD AND NOW YOU ALL HAVE ALL THESE DIRTY REMARKS TO SAY ABOUT HIM
    DONT YOU WORRY P.J.THE GOOD LORD WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU.
    YOU HELP SO MANY AND NOW ALL THEY DOING IS CRITISIZED YOU
    JUST BE STRONG .

    • plawey
      December 14, 2011

      the good lord will be with him always agreed but he has not apologis e to the people of dominica for the attempted coup in 1979

    • baby
      December 14, 2011

      IS TRUE DATS LIFE BUT WHEN U FALL IS TO RISE UP AGIAN AND LEARN FROM UR MOISTAKES SO HE WILL IN DUE TIME,,MEN R LIKE SNAKES THEY SHOULD NOT BE TRUSTED

  32. young voter
    December 13, 2011

    it ok for some people to call others to say what they want about others and dont cae how the feel, but when it comes to them it hurts. granny use to say who do so never like so.

  33. Melda
    December 13, 2011

    Behave yourself Patrick.

  34. Jespen
    December 13, 2011

    Lol> everyone is suing

    • Shameless
      December 13, 2011

      I myself ned to start sueing when people remind me that I am ugly. In the meantime, since this has become the norm these days I will proceed to get sue (soo) at Krazy Coconuts this Saturday and everyday thereafter until january 4th 2012.

      • Anonymous
        December 13, 2011

        What’s your point, really? If you admit that you are ugly then are you going to sue ppl over a statement of fact??? If you have nothing sensible to say keep quiet.

    • C. bruce
      December 13, 2011

      hhm! i smell caressa this carnival

  35. Boopsie
    December 13, 2011

    PJ hoye what reputation that Brohim damage? Where Brohim getting 150 large to give you anyways? You two should just find a savannah and kick some balls.. Brohim vex he doh never reach FIFA level, you yourself made some crazy comments, one cancels the other go and sit down.

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