Barbadian is New Caribbean Soccer Boss, CONCACAF VP

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – Veteran Barbadian administrator Randy Harris has been elected president of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU), the body which governs soccer in the region.

Randy HarrisHarris, who heads the Barbados Football Association, defeated challenger Hillaren Frederick of the United States Virgin Islands 27 to three at elections held in Moscow, Russia last month.

Last September, Harris was installed as acting CFU president after then President Gordon Derrick of Antigua and Barbuda was slapped with a six-year ban by soccer’s world governing body FIFA over ethics breaches.

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The CFU has come under close scrutiny since the infamous cash-for-votes scandal seven years ago, when leaders of regional soccer associations were offered cash bribes in exchange for their votes at the 2011 FIFA election.

There was massive fall-out from the scandal with then CFU President Jack Warner of Trinidad and Tobago forced to resign and several other officials sanctioned by FIFA, following a high-profile investigation.

Harris, 59, was also last month elected the newest vice-president of CONCACAF, soccer’s governing body in North America, Central America and the Caribbean.

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