Warner: No Compromise

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Jamaica Gleaner

GEORGETOWN - The football career of the three local officials here is over as far as FIFA is concerned.

"As far as we are concerned, they are history. Their career is over in the world of football," FIFA vice president, Austin 'Jack' Warner said at a press conference on Sunday.

"There is no compromise on the suspension of the officials," Warner disclosed.

Gerald Laurie, former president of the Guyana Football Referees Association and Avery Trim, vice-president of the Upper Demerara Football Subassociation, filed an injunction in the High Court to prevent the GFF executive from functioning, citing irregularities in the elections which put them in office.

Oliver Hinckson too was suspended for publicly supporting the court action.

According to Warner, they contravened FIFA statutes and the local football constitution by taking the local governing body to court.

Warner said he was not saying someone cannot take the football body to court, but when that happens, FIFA has no choice but to suspend the national body and in effect place the country in the football wilderness.

The CONCACAF president disclosed that Laurie wrote him on the issue and he advised the referee to work through the means provided by the GFF, that is, asking for arbitration.

Warner said he told Laurie to send the copy of the letter requesting arbitration.

Warner said that Laurie was even placed on FIFA appointment list as late as two months ago, hoping that by that time, the whole matter would have been resolved.