Two clubs disqualified from CONCACAF due to violations by the Vice-President of Suriname

The Surinamese club, Inter Mongotabo, and Honduran Olympia, were expelled from the Concacaf Club League (North, Central America and the Caribbean), after investigations revealed “flagrant violations” of integrity laws, the Confederation revealed on Saturday.

The match that brought the two sides together, on Tuesday, in Paramaribo, caught the attention of the world, after the owner of Inter and Vice President of Suriname Ronny Brunswick decided to take part in the match at the age of 60.

A video clip went viral on social media after Tuesday’s match, which ended with Olympia winning 6-0, and showed Brunswick distributing money to the Honduran players after the match.

In a statement on Saturday, the CONCACAF federation said that “Inter Mongotapo and Olympia were excluded from the CONCACAF League with immediate effect”, and Brunswick was banned from participating in any CONCACAF competition for a period of 3 years, according to the statement.

“The CONCACAF Disciplinary Committee has thoroughly investigated the circumstances and concerns that threaten integrity standards, following the spread of a video clip on social media following the Inter Mongotapu-Olympia match in the CONCACAF League,” the statement read.

The statement continued: “After examining the evidence that appeared in the video clip, and after taking into account the books directed by the two clubs, the committee found that there were serious violations and flagrant violations of transparency standards that took place during the match.”

The statement concluded that “as a result of these violations of the laws, the two clubs have been disqualified and removed from this year’s CONCACAF tournament with immediate effect. In addition, the Committee decided to ban Mr. Ronny Brunswick for a period of 3 years from playing in any form whatsoever in CONCACAF competitions.

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Brunswick played 54 minutes during the last match alongside his son Damien and a relative.

The case joins a long track record of Brunswick’s controversial life, as a former army sergeant and wealthy businessman led the rebels against Desi Powersie’s policy in the 1980s.

He was sentenced in absentia for drug trafficking and to 8 years’ imprisonment in 1999 by the Dutch judicial authorities. He was also sentenced to 10 years in prison by the French judicial authorities, but these sentences were not implemented because the law does not allow Suriname to extradite its nationals.

He was elected as a deputy in 2005, recently allied with the former Minister of Justice of Suriname and the head of the main political opposition organization Chandrikaprasad Santoki, who was elected president by acclamation in July 2020 by Parliament for a term of 5 years, while Brunswick was appointed as his deputy.

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