FIFA's ethics committee has banned four officials from the Caribbean for varying periods after an investigation, the organisation has confirmed.
The officials from Caribbean associations had been charged with breaching rules on ethics in the wake of the corruption scandal that saw Mohamed Bin Hammam banned for life. FIFA's ethics committee ruled in July that Bin Hammam had made or offered cash gifts of 40,000 US dollars to each of the 25 CFU association chiefs at a special meeting in Trinidad on May 10 and 11.
The ethics committee, chaired by Claudio Sulser, watched a video of former FIFA vice-president and CFU president Jack Warner apparently urging the officials to accept the cash gifts.
Warner was also charged with bribery along with Bin Hammam, the Asian confederation president who had been challenging Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency, but the investigation was dropped after he resigned from football activities in June.
Pickering and Burrell were among the officials who insisted they had no knowledge of any cash gifts being offered or received at the Trinidad meeting.
The full judgement of the FIFA ethics committee was as follows:
:: Franka Pickering (British Virgin Islands) banned for 18 months, 500 Swiss franc fine.
:: Horace Burrell (Jamaica) banned for six months, three months suspended for two years.
:: Osiris Guzman (Dominican Republic) banned for 30 days, 15 days suspended for six months, fined 300 Swiss francs.
:: Ian Hypolite (St Vincent and the Grenadines) banned for 30 days, 15 days suspended for six months, fined 300 Swiss francs.
:: Aubrey Liburd (British Virgin Islands) reprimand and fined 300 Swiss francs.
:: Hillaren Frederick (US Virgin Islands) reprimand and fined 300 Swiss francs.
:: Anthony Johnson (St Kitts and Nevis) reprimand, but no fine.
:: David Hinds (Barbados), Mark Bob Forde (Barbados), Richard Groden (Trinidad & Tobago), Yves Jean-Bart (Haiti) and Horace Reid (Jamaica) all received a warning.
:: Felix Ledesma (Dominican Republic) was considered not to have committed any violation.
:: The hearing of Noel Adonis (Guyana) was postponed, while in the case of Patrick Mathurin (St. Lucia), more information is required and therefore no decision has been taken at this stage.
:: The cases of David Frederick (Cayman Islands) and Joseph Delves (St. Vincent and the Grenadines) were closed since they are no longer football officials.