Patrick John appeals FIFA ruling

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Patrick John is appealing a decision by FIFA that has banned him from football for two years.

John said in an almost five minute statement on radio on Friday that the matter is already in the hands of his lawyers.

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.

According to John 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 on Friday that FIFA had decided to ban him.

John said FIFA took into account “irrelevant considerations” including a previous conviction against him, more than 30 years ago.

“Over 30 years ago, I was convicted, though I was subsequently pardoned by the president of the Commonwealth of Dominica and served only four years of a 12-year sentence,” he pointed out.

John also believes the football organization took into account emails he sent previously, in support of the suspended acting president of Concacaf Lisle Austin.

“I have decided to appeal the matter, and to that effect, my attorney has started the process,” he stated.

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

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52 Comments

  1. November 21, 2011

    HEY!!! PJ …MR. STILL ALIVE NOH!!!!?

  2. pj is out
    November 21, 2011

    it is about time tht we have a change at the head of dominica football.. i hope tht who ever takes up the role will do a better job and start looking at the technical aspect of football on all levels of the game in d/ca, and won,t have to come on raio and say yu are trsining young girls who kno lil bout football to lose before they can win

  3. ---%
    November 21, 2011

    All PJ has to do now is try an overthrow on FIFA. In the meantime our footballers future hangs in the balance

  4. patriot
    November 21, 2011

    PJ BOY THERE IS AN OLD SAYING THAT SAYS, IF YOU LIVE IN A GLASS HOUSE DON’T THROW STONES.

  5. BA YO BWA
    November 21, 2011

    Shameless!!

  6. The truth
    November 21, 2011

    Dominica is too soft. How did this man come to be in such a position after haven such a bad history in Dominica? Patrick John shouldn’t even be allowed to have a Dominican passport, much less represent Dominica. He should have been exiled in the 70-80s. When anyone in Dominica do these things we need to take them seriously. His history proves everything we need to know, yet here he is playing the same role in a different institution. Shocking! Who appointed John to fill that position? What is really going on in Dominica?

  7. FIFA's Politics
    November 21, 2011

    I am not defending PJ. He is capable of doing for himself. But let us look at FIFA’s Politics. CONCACAF has 35 members(35 votes) and most times they vote as a block in FIFA’s elections. Most of the heads worked with Jack Warner for years. PJ was considered his right hand and that can be a road block for others. PJ was seen as the one to replace Jack.

    Find out what Caribbean FA blew the whistle on Jack. Find out where they want to move the CONCACAF office to. Find out who they want to make boss. Would you keep Jack’s right hand (PJ)in your way? Just something to think about. Watch the space as this FIFA’s Political Maneuvering unfolds..

  8. Nature Man
    November 21, 2011

    Prime Minister John will see this through also. I am with you all the way PJ. Jah love

  9. justice to be served
    November 20, 2011

    Well politricks again, whay papa. Time will tell. Zor pas febe Dominc.

  10. D A crying
    November 20, 2011

    When is Dominica going to be free from all this bad press? Just a set of greedy self centered managers that just occupied position in this country and dragging it down to the ground.it’s time this Bull stop.

  11. bb
    November 20, 2011

    This is what the news release said. FIFA bans former Dominica PM John, 5 more Caribbean officials in Bin Hammam bribery plot
    Can PJ publish the official decision of fifa to the public, instead of what he wants us to believe?

  12. Just Saying ...
    November 20, 2011

    Way to go Philippe White – we are proud of you.

    “FIFA’s ethics panel, which met over four days this week, cleared Philippe White of Dominica and Damien Hughes of Anguilla of wrongdoing”

    No appeal needed.

    Just Saying …

  13. abroad
    November 20, 2011

    PJ ITS TIME TO PACK UP AND RELAX YOURSELF GO ON CRUISES AND ENJOY YOUR REST OF YOUR LIFE

  14. KOFI
    November 20, 2011

    STOP HATING ON HIM IT IS NOT HIS FALT SO STOP I AM 11 YEARS OLD AND I HATE WE DOMINICANS COURSING OUR FELLOW FRIENDS OR FAMILY :oops:

    • KOFI
      November 20, 2011

      CURSING*

    • Truth
      November 21, 2011

      It would be wise if you pay attention to your lessons instead and learn to spell.

    • D
      November 21, 2011

      “FAULT”

  15. love doctor
    November 20, 2011

    Dominican’s wake up it is time to smell the coffee when ever our own reaches to the top it is we who pull them down P.J have done nothing wrong so give the man a chance to prove himself.Time will TELL :cry: MY HEART IS BROKEN BY WE Dominican”s

    • KOFI
      November 20, 2011

      WE MUST STOP BLAMMING PPL FOR THINGS THEY DID NOT DO GIVE THE MAN A CHANCE CAUSE IF U WAS P.J U WOULD BE FEELING BAD JUST LIKE HIM SO STOP DISCREMENATING

  16. Anonymous
    November 20, 2011

    Thoae of you telling PJ to resign now could not tell Skerrit that,all you were afraid…PJ not to resign..stand Firm.. we are behind you.. Dominicans are too Crooked… PLEASE DO NOT RESIGN!

    • Truth
      November 21, 2011

      Why the brave ones not hitting on PJ too? That is the crookedness!

  17. ME
    November 20, 2011

    YOU THINK WITH P.J. OUT NOW DOMINICA MIGHT SCORE A GOAL OR TWO?

  18. Malatete
    November 20, 2011

    Wonder who is pasying for the appeal? Wouldn’t it be ironic if if it comes out of Fifa funds alloocated to our fottbasll association!

    • Striker
      November 20, 2011

      $40,000 can go a long way for appeal and still have some change left over.

      • waka
        November 21, 2011

        patrick john quoted END OF QUOTE. CAN YOU GUYS REMEMBER THAT STAEMENT MANY MOONS AGO.

  19. One Love
    November 20, 2011

    8-O PJ I always knew you were CLEAN : I always knew too that you would NEVER sell-out anybody

    AND PJ they FRAMED YOU ONCE – THEY CROOKED YOU TWICE (including some of those high up in gov’t now) at the time you could not fight back BUT TIMES ARE DIFFERENT NOW FIGHT BACK MY FRIEND AND BROTHER :

    PJ CLEAN — PJ CLEAN — GO PJ GO this is 2011

  20. HMM
    November 20, 2011

    boy PJ we dont want you bye bye

  21. Mixmaster
    November 20, 2011

    Basically what some people do not know is that Fifa, and more specifically Sepp Blatter is trying to break up the CFU. this organisation although it appears to be one of the smaller football fraternities, it is indeed one of the strongest. And the CFU actually has the power to remove Sepp Blatter and his pals from Power. By actually suspending or expelling most of the leaders in CFU, it paves the way for Him to create a void. CFU is not affiliated in anyway to Fifa, but it’s members are,and by virtually suspending the members, then CFU has no base at which to operate. The grounds that Patrick John was suspended on is baseless. Why suspend Patrick and Live Phillip White out, when the both of them was in the same meeting, sitting side by side when Patrick asked the questions. As a matter of fact If Patrick John accepts any funds from FiFa or anyone else, Phillip must know about it. He handles the books and all monies at the DFA.
    So come on FIFA, spill all the beans.

  22. bee
    November 20, 2011

    MR. PJ WHEN WE HAVE SKELETON IN OUR CLOSET
    WE HAVE TO LEARN TO KEEP OUT MOUTH SHUT. ALSO
    TAKE THE WAX OFF OUR EYES BEFORE WE CRUCIFY
    OTHERS

  23. Doc.Love
    November 20, 2011

    I AM NOT SURPRISED THAT PATRICK JOHN IS GOING TO APPEAL THE RULING.YOU SEE, PATRICK LOVES CONTROVERSIES.MANY OF THE PRESIDENTS OF FOOTBALL IN THE CARIBBEAN,INCLUDING JACK WARNER HAVE RESIGNED BUT NOT PATRICK, AS FAR AS PARTICK IS CONCERNED BEING CONTROVERSAL IS LIKE THE AIR HE BREATHES, YOU GET MY DRIFT.ARE YOU AWARE THAT PROBLEMS HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING PATRICK FOR APPROXIMATELY FORTY YEARS AND THOSE OF US WHO KNOW HIM WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT HE WOULD BEHAVE HIMSELF.I HAVE NOTHING PERSONALLY AGAINST PATRICK BUT HIS RECORDS IN PUPLIC LIFE IS UNIMAGINABLE.PATRICK JOHN WAS A SCHOOL TEACHER AT ST. MARYS ACADEMY,HE LEFT THE SCHOOL AND WITH A STINT AT H.H.V.W HE FOUNDED THE WATERFRONT WORKERS UNION ,CONTROVERCY AROSE BECAUSE THE DOMINICA TRADE UNION QUESTIONED THE MOVING OF ITS MEMBERS TO THE WATERFRONT UNION.THEN PATRICK BECAME THE MAYOR OF ROSEAU,CONTROVERSY AGAIN,BECAUSE IT WAS ALLEDGED THE PATRICK HAD BORROWED $2000 FROM COUNCIL’S FUND WITHOUT PERMISSION IN ORDER TO ASSIST A VERY CLOSE FRIEND.IT ISNT THE FIRST TIME HE HAS HELD A TOP POST IN FOOTBALL,INFACT AS SECRETARY OF DASA A CONTROVERSY AROSE AND HE SKILFULLY RAN A WHOLE FOOTBALL LEAGUE WITH TWO TEAMS WHILE THE REST OF THE OTHER EIGHT FOOTBALL TEAMS HAD TO WAIT FOR A YEAR. PATRICK ENTERED POLITICS, HOWEVER, WHEN MR. LEBLANC RESIGNED,UP TO THIS DAY R.O.P.ARMOUR HAS NEVER FORGIVEN PATRICK FOR THE MANNER HE FELT HE (PATRICK) TOOK AWAY THE LEADERSHIP OF THE LABOR PARTY AND SUBSEQUENTLY BECAME PRIME MINISTER.HOLD ON FOLKS,THE CONTROVERSY CONTINUES.PATRICK WENT TO ENGLAND TO NEGOTIATE DOMINICA’S POLITICAL INDEPENDENCE, IT WAS ALLEGDED THAT HE WAS SEEN AT LORDS WATCHING A CRICKET MATCH,IN FACT WHEN HE CAME BACK TO DOMINICA THEIR WAS BIG DEMONTRATION IN ROSEAU.WE ALL KNOW OF MORE CONTROVERSIES FOLLOWING PATRICK,FOR INSTANCE,THE DREAD ACT,AND THE TOPPLING OF THE LABOR GOVERNMENT HEADED BY PATRICK, AND SUBSEQUENTLY, THE BITTER FIGHT FOR THE OWNERSHIP OF THE DOMINICA LABOR PARTY BETWEEN HIMSELF AND O.J.LIKE I SAID EARLIER, ONE WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT PATRICK WOULD SETTLE DOWN WITH HIS FAMILY AND LEAVE PUBLIC LIFE ALONE, BUT NOT PATRICK ROLAND JOHN, HE JUST CANNOT AND WILL NOT GO DOWN LIKE TITANIC.

    • mouth of the south
      November 20, 2011

      wow.. is that an authorized or an unauthorized biography lol….. :lol:

    • c.bruce
      November 20, 2011

      doc love u are an idiot to right all of this in caps.
      i read the first comment and moved unto the next

    • Feed-Up Football Fan
      November 21, 2011

      I support one hundred persons..and u forgot…its was Colonel The Right Honourable Patrick Roland John…the shooting of demonstrators outside ministry trying to pass a bill to which persons were againsts, while ppl were dying down stairs…the holes in the Government Tresurey Builing were blocked and the painting painted over by his new pals…the UWP! PATRCIK AD HIS WHOLE BAND OF MERRY MEN SHOULD RESIGN…

    • hey
      November 21, 2011

      admin, could you not accept comments in caps? it is very difficult to read.

  24. MangoSweet
    November 20, 2011

    So, it’s now little little John versus the might of FIFA? Algezira and everyone else wil be looking with much interest to see how this chapter unfolds. So, is PJ implying that FIFA has pulled something out of their bag, to the effect that a person who has been convicted of some crime cannot be involved in the administration of football in a FIFA-member country? Somebody, please enlighten us.

  25. Valley Rat
    November 20, 2011

    Power currupts, money is the root of evil, what else could PJ do but to appeal the decision of fifa, the man doh want to give up power, that is just PJ, he will do anything to hold on to power.

    • MangoSweet
      November 20, 2011

      His famous quote in 1979, “I shall NOT resign!” Are we hearing that again, but in a different lingo this time, “I shall not step down?”

  26. Mahaut
    November 20, 2011

    I think in light of this, PJ should resign having involved in this. Whether he is guilty or not. Dominica football as been steadily on the decline, may it not be entirely his fault, but I think that time has come to have new heads in that office.

    For his sake, it would be nice to have his name cleared, but needs to hand in the reigns of DFA president

  27. November 20, 2011

    P.J ,take my advise and go away from the presidency of DFA.
    You have served your time and both you and Mr.White must leave now so Dominica’s Football will have a new face and direction on the international sceen.
    In all your years you have not build not one football field in Da.Now u need to tell us where all the moneys you have goten on behalf of the DFA have gone.
    We hold you accountable.

  28. A wish
    November 20, 2011

    I suggest with the help of locals court & citizens ,the international court should now begin to investigate all those corrupt people in and out of Gov’t. A retroactive sweep. Man we need a 21 jails, one in each constituency and let the reps go in first. LMAO.We need a real leader look like DA never had one. But corruption is too wide spread today on our once honest island or was it?Ask PJ about his meals in prison cocoa breadfruit codfish dumplings daily no change.Ask him why his pressure high. Skerro the breast minister a couple gov’t backed lawyers need to wake up to some breadfruit cod and cocoa tea daily 7×7.Lunch jel cocon and dumplings. Again ask P.J and his then colleagues.Those of today eddo et al the entire DLP.Can you imagine Pasawed in jail eating jel cocon? I know he gets his saturday black pudding and tripe with fig.
    can you imagine a phot 1 yr later with that diet? lol I will certainly be laughing my royals!!!

    • Truth
      November 21, 2011

      Boy some people can write garbage, oh I forgot, it’s their mental capacity!

  29. Papa Met
    November 20, 2011

    So hold up, I thought is for accepting the 40 thousand bribe they ban and fine the man we. So they did not found him guilty of accepting any bribe, but rather breaching some code of ethics or whatever?

    So all this wooplah that was made trying to compere PJ to Skerrit corruption was for what?

    Boy I tell you, I fraid Dominicans. And DNO, sometimes I feel honestly allu does help to spread the ignorance in the way allu report stories.

    I’m sure others agree

  30. aye
    November 20, 2011

    PJ,PJ,PJ take a break, you are guilty….now you are trying to save face eh!!! AAhh PJ. let some one else taste the honey,stay in the background. People like you dont like to be out of power,please dont continue to embarrass your self and just quit you and your and your cohorts them……bye PJ football lives on.

    • c.bruce
      November 20, 2011

      WHY DON’T YOU TELL SKERRIT TO BE A MAN OF PRINCIPLE AND RESIGN BECAUSE OF HIS DUAL CITIZENSHIP EH?
      IS IT BECAUSE SKERRIT LIKES TO CLING ON TO POWER? EH?

      • Truth
        November 21, 2011

        All u cannot take him out. Come with Dual citizenship, come with bin bobol, house story by there, so all those things and nothing concrete comes out of that. All u not seeing all u drowning and trying to catch at any floating straw? Come with story to mash up the country on the economic scene. All you not seeing how the face of the country transforming? Who ever did that before? Alleged bobol with development or Bobol without development, which do you prefer?

  31. astaphans
    November 20, 2011

    PJ , I SUPPORT you once beaten twice shy . Don’t let them use the pass against you including some people in DA (govt) would like you to go down again Bro. I consider you a HERO and TRUE DOMINICAN. You stayed in DA all your life you never run and by you assisting in football in Dominica some of them vex .
    If you was selling PASSPORTS they would be there supporting you. Be STRONG my BOY , TRUE PATRIOT .

    • not asstaphans
      November 20, 2011

      Evil supports evil. Why is he still relevant in anything Dominican is beyond me. He is not assisting football.

    • November 20, 2011

      You are silly and ignorant.He(PJ) got the longest sentence.Don’t be a fool.I love PJ just as much as you.And don’t bring passports into football.Stop mixing the issue at hand and learn to accept that PJ is wrong.We talking football now.

    • One Love
      November 20, 2011

      8-O astaphans I support you 10000000000000 per cent NUFF SAID

      • ?????
        November 20, 2011

        Stand Firm PJ…They afraid of Skerrit,but they want to take you for their football…Don’t go PJ..I say don’t go! STAY THERE!

    • BRAIN DAMAGE
      November 20, 2011

      PJ,you are fully supported. Hold your head high.
      We have so much bobbol going on here in D/ca and they cann’t touch those bobbolists!

      • Yes
        November 21, 2011

        I hear you are big bobolist. You born with it, so you will support anything bobol. You will not support Skerrit because is allyu that in bobol and want to put him in it.YjalaYkewestay. When all you see too much development is now allyu will go blind and say is Skerrit that veglay all you.

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