FIFA "temporarily" relieve Canover Watson of duties amid corruption allegations

FIFA announces that official Canover Watson has been "temporarily" relieved of his duties while an investigation into alleged corruption and money laundering continues.

FIFA has announced that Canover Watson, a member of their financial watchdog, has been "temporarily" relieved of his duties while an investigation into corruption allegations continue.

The 43-year-old was arrested in the Cayman Islands earlier this month on suspicion of corruption and money laundering.

Chairman of the FIFA audit and compliance committee Domenico Scala said in a statement: "After a preliminary clarification of the facts of the case and the allegations of the Cayman Island investigating authorities against Canover Watson, no connection with football and/or his role at association level has been established at this stage. The investigation continues.

"The chairman has decided to temporarily relieve until further notice Canover Watson, to whom the presumption of innocence applies, of his duties on the FIFA audit and compliance committee. This should not be regarded as routine procedure because cases like this or of this nature must always be assessed on their individual merits."

Watson, who is a member of the committee and vice president of the Caribbean Football Union, denies the allegations.

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