It could be a groan-inducing grade-school-level joke.
How can Victor Montagliani be the best president CONCACAF has ever had? By not getting arrested.
On Monday, Montagliani confirmed what had been rumoured ever since the most recent CONCACAF president, Alfredo Hawit left the job in handcuffs. Hawit’s alleged actions followed CONCACAF presidents Jeffrey Webb and Jack Warner, who have been charged with so many bribery and fraud counts that “alleged” could be their middle names.
But, if Montagliani was to win the presidency — and his candidacy is backed by the Canadian Soccer Association — it would only grow to this country’s efforts to grow its presence in the region. Canada’s Sonia Denoncourt had been charged with helping improve the standard of CONCACAF refereeing; some cynics would say she had been in charge of actually creating a standard for CONCACAF refs (for more on Denoncourt, see the current issue of Plastic Pitch; details below). But Denoncourt and CONCACAF parted ways in mid-January.
Scotiabank has taken over as the title sponsor of the CONCACAF Champions League.
The CSA released a statement Monday saying it backed Montagliani’s bid.
“The Canadian Soccer Association Board of Directors fully supports Canada Soccer President, Victor Montagliani, in his candidacy for CONCACAF President. President Montagliani has been instrumental in building a leading soccer nation for our country and we look forward to the potential for him to have the same impact on the international stage.”
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