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The Football Federation of Belize held its eighth ordinary congress in Belmopan on Saturday and on the agenda was the discussion surrounding the expulsion and role of Rawell Pelayo as an executive member of the Federation. As we’ve reported, Pelayo was arrested in 2013 when he flew to Houston for the Gold Cup in July of that year where he spent 21 months in a detention center in the US. Pelayo faced a narcotic charge on June 30th 2014 when he pleaded guilty to conspiracy to smuggle half a kilo of cocaine into New York. Last week Pelayo was released and on Tuesday was deported back to Belizean soil. And while he holds the position as senior vice president, today President of the Federation Ruperto Vicente says Pelayo will receive a graceful exit and discussed the issue of incomplete accounting for the Gold Cup monies, which was reported to have stayed in his luggage when he was detained.

Screen_Shot_2015-04-13_at_7.51.34_PMRUPERTO VICENTE – President, FFB

“Mr. Pelayo is a member of the football family and we want to treat every member of our football family with respect, yes he was an agenda item for today’s meeting but we remove that from the agenda is because we want to give Mr Pelayo an opportunity to submit his resignation which he has indicated that he will submit that resignation and for that reason we move that item from the agenda.”


“Now we made to understand that that criminal conviction in the US is what made him ineligible for him to continue as an executive member, is that accurate?”


“Certainly, that has always been a part of the federation guideline for any executive member whether it be international or nationally, if you have been criminally charge then you cannot serve on the executive membership of the Football Federation of Belize, yes that is true.”


“What is happening with this timeline of his orderly departure of the FFB?”


“Well, we are waiting for his resignation and when that comes around the executive will move from there and make an announcement.”


“Sir, what will happen with his replacement how will that process take place?”


“Well, the Federation will have to call an extraordinary congress for an election or the executive can recommend that someone replace him in the interim.”


“Sir, what will happen exactly, has he indicated to you all or any members of the FFB that he will have those checks stubs?”


“As I said I have not spoken to Mr Pelayo I have no idea.”


“Sir, have you gone above other way trying to keep on those reports in terms of those statements that we have queried the last time?”


“Because the Federation is changing the way it does business we now have a management team, we now have a financial director in place now that person has been tasked with producing that financial statement and that financial report that is going to be given to the public and I want to say to you that yes we made mistakes with the 2013 national team finances we made a lot of mistakes but I rest assure and I can assure the public that because of now what we are doing at the Federation that that mistake is not going to be repeated.”

After Pelayo summits his resignation, the executive will meet to replace him or carry out an extraordinary congress for elections of a replacement. We’ll keep following this story…

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