Team Guyana USA Soccer League Urges Guyanese Soccer Players and Fans to Boycott Caribbean Cup Inc, Soccer Tournaments
Submitted by the GUYANA USA SOCCER LEAGUE INC
BROOKLYN: Team Guyana USA Soccer League announces its complete withdrawal from Caribbean Cup Inc., (CCI) as well as from its tournaments, structure and activities. This action is in protest of overt discrimination against, and abuse of, Guyanese players and management. Team Guyana will no longer participate in CCI’s annual soccer tournaments at the Thomas Jefferson High School Field at Flatlands Avenue and Essex Street, Brooklyn.
Consequently, we call on all Guyanese soccer players and fans to, henceforth, boycott all Caribbean Cup tournaments and games, until another transparent, fair and professional tournament is established, which the League can sanction.
CCI sponsors soccer tournaments for Caribbean-American teams in the New York City metropolitan area. Each Caribbean nation fields a team, which pays significant participation fees to CCI. Successful teams and players are promised various prize monies.
However, CCI has obdurately reneged on prize monies earned and has been biased and abusive to Guyanese players and management. The anti-Guyanese posture and rhetoric are palpable in CCI. Prejudice, basis on nationality, contravenes US law and FIFA regulations. It is abhorrent and must be rejected by all.
Team Guyana USA Soccer League believes that CCI operatives exploit players for their self aggrandizement; to the financial detriment of the players.
Despite genuine efforts by United States Congressman, Hakeem Jeffries, and New York State Senator, John Sampson, to have the organization address its alleged anti-Guyanese bias and mediate its ongoing disputes with “Team Guyana,” CCI has remained intransigent.
Team Guyana believes and alleges that CCI has:
(I) Changed rules during or after games to avoid paying prize monies.
(II) Used CCI funds to defray expenses of board members while neglecting players.
(III) Changed game time without notice and penalized players for being late.
(IV) Canceled games without notice and refused to refund patrons.
(V) Sublets City facilities at exorbitant costs to teams and players.
(VI) Discriminated against and abused Guyanese players.
(VII) Refused to include certain Guyanese players in the all star games.
(VIII) Reneged on awarding prize monies to Guyanese players.
(IX) Instituted lifetime bans and fines against Team Guyana without due process for seeking mediation.
(X) Refused to furnish teams and players with its constitution upon request.
In August 2014, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries summoned both sides to a meeting and laid out several proposals for an amicable resolution. However, CCI officials rejected his proposals and contemptuously walked out of the mediation.
CCI subsequently, without due process, banned the President and Vice President of Team Guyana for life, explicitly because the League sought mediation from our government representatives.
Moreover, CCI has since attempted to circumvent the Team Guyana USA Soccer League. Guyanese soccer players are among the best. This League intends to expertly represent and protect them from abuse and exploitation, and will not tolerate CCI’s shenanigans.
In light of its withdrawal, the League calls on all Guyanese soccer players and fans to unreservedly boycott all Caribbean Cup soccer tournaments, games, meetings and other activities.