The General Secretary of the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association (ABFA) has lost his appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
Last year, Gordon Derrick – who is also President of the Caribbean Football Union, appealed to the CAS after FIFA rejected his candidacy for vice president – which also ruled him out as a candidate for CONCACAF president, in both elections held last May.
When ask to provide an explanation, at the time FIFA’s Independent Audit and Compliance Chief, Domenico Scala, said Derrick was ruled out as a candidate because he failed an eligibility test, but offered no further information.
Now CAS confirmed that the decision in accordance with the FIFA Statutes and regulations.
FIFA released a statement welcoming the Court of Arbitration’s decision, which adds to the troubled past between Gordon Derrick and the world governing football body. In 2011, he was linked to a FIFA investigation of alleged bribery in the Caribbean region, and in 2014, FIFA imposed a 30,000 Swiss franc ($29,600) fine on the Antigua & Barbuda Football Association for breaching rules against spending on development projects funded from Zurich.
Gordon Derrick’s final option is to appeal to the Supreme Court.