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From Harrison and Sancho: Personal payment for Central FC player, please

The following is a letter sent from the email address of then Central FC operations director and current advisor to the Sport Minister, Kevin Harrison, which requests a personal payment for himself and then Central chairman and current Minister of Sport, Brent Sancho, for a player transfer:

Photo: Personal payment please.
Photo: Personal payment please.

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About Lasana Liburd

Lasana Liburd
Lasana Liburd is the CEO and Editor at Wired868.com and a journalist with over 20 years experience at several Trinidad and Tobago and international publications including Play the Game, World Soccer, UK Guardian and the Trinidad Express.

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75 comments

  1. As a top athlete myself , these is things I see happening time and time again however Sancho and Harrison should be give the chance to reply here on wired and not by any other journalists who does not understand the inside out about football transfers.

    Dexter St. Louis

    • Lasana Liburd

      First of all, this is the exact email from Harrison that was supposedly sent on Sancho’s part. So I don’t get your suggestion that a journalist has tainted anything. I did not write this email. Kevin Harrison did.
      Second, transfer rules are available for all to read. Someone would be a fool or gullible not to take the opportunity to study laws and instead simply allow those in authority to interpret them however they chose. And I don’t take you for someone who rolls over just because someone has a title.
      And finally, there have been comments on the controversial email from people who know a lot more than Sancho and Harrison on transfer. I will tell you a secret. Brent Sancho and Kevin Harrison are not licensed football agents. So who is the expert here?
      Check the other story for context and see what a registered agent has said and the governing football body. The information is already out there for those who can see and interpret.
      Harrison and Sancho both had opportunities to comment and chose not to. Are you suggesting that whenever someone refuses to comment, the reporter should abandon the story? That would make life wonderful for a lot of dodgy characters.

  2. Wow ..Sancho is a big disappointment ,playing holier than thou when he wantedto get payment for the Football theam and now u in a position that u could do great things u looking to run rackett?? Money is really the root of all evil ..I hope what ever area you running for ,u get a goid cut arse in the polls because u are corrupt!!!!#wedontneedthat

  3. Smh. No wonder he joined the UNC. He fit their bill perfectly

  4. slip it in ! slip it in ! I have never seen that accounting term !!!

  5. Wow! First the ‘splatter’ then the excuses?
    This is the darkness coming to light!
    ‘For the love of money’?

  6. ah bunch of effing crooks that is what it is

  7. men cyar even tief good,LOLOLOL,can’t put they nose in jack warner shoe much less they foot

  8. hmm. Sanko learn the game quick boy. waaaaayyyyy!

  9. Dem fellas eh easy nah! Dey eh easy ah tall!

  10. WOW that man serious are they not breaking banking rules.

  11. you can’t expect anything good from anybody who takes up an offer from Kamla

  12. Sancho looks like he is fitting in fine as an apprentice to replace the failed expert skull man Anal. So expect a new wave of innovative scheming plans going forward.
    Looks like underhand dealing to me.

  13. Btw I was reading and responding to the thread on your blog I think lol

  14. Re: whistleblowing legislation. Who are you going to blow the whistle to in reality, not the same people who you are alleging to be corrupt in the first place? Therein lies the rub. Moreover don’t forget the burden of proof still is ‘he who alleges must prove’. Sorry to say not everyone is JW and walks around taping things so if you happen to be an innocent bystander who is aware of crimes-white collar or otherwise-to who’s attention do you bring it-your supervisor? The police? If we take lifesport as an example, just look at the level of players involved, how the system of checks and balances were ignored and what should be the procesd to get things done and tell me who were people supposed to go to. Everyone has ideas but the implementation is the rub. My question is how effective would whistleblower legislation be if our other systems of checks and balances fail us. And note I do support it.

  15. There is absolutely no problems transferring money from Europe to Trinidad! None! So wanting a transfer via Western Union is a strong indication of underhand dealings. My guess is it’s because there is less of a paper trail involved.

  16. The only proper thing to do if you are both employees of a company that is selling a player is that you pass on the full figure to the selling company that pays your salaries. And then you have them pay you a bonus if they chose to.
    It is unusual that you would try to collect a bonus before your company is paid. And especially so when you do not direct the purchasing party to send the money to your company’s bank account.
    There is, at best, a total lack of transparency there that is unmissable to anyone who cares to look.

  17. Shari John, it is illegal to operate as agent for both parties as in player and club. And they did have the chance to respond. Both chose not to.
    That usually means they prefer to speak to someone they feel they have a better shot at bamboozling if you asked me.
    I’m the one with the info. I’m the one who follows football and knows about FIFA rules and transfer policy.
    I bet they try to speak to a news reporter who knows little about football rules instead.

  18. Allan; it’s the foremost issue that’s plaguing the development of our sporting disciplines. If only we could get a few quality administrators willing to sacrifice to see our athletes achieve their potential T&T could surpass Jamaica…….that’s my opinion.
    Hear nuh! I remember years ago one of our athletic administrators “punished” one of our female athletes AT A PAN AM GAMES or CARIFTA GAMES by confiscating her running shoes thus preventing her from competing at the games. Begs the question was it he who paid for her travelling and accommodtion at the games village.

  19. I think you have to wait to hear the details of the arrangement. It could also be a situation where he acted as an agent on behalf of the club. If he has the personal contact for instance and thus negotiates for the player/club then why not have a personal payment? Maybe it is solely due to his involvement that the arrngement was even possible.

    • “Self-dealing” is against the coporate governance code, it is a breach of the employee’s fiduciary duty to involve himself in any business for the company which also pays him on the side… unless explicitly authorized by his employer. If Harrison was negotiating on behalf of the club it would have been in his capacity as “Operations Director,” for which he’s already paid. He would not need a separate “personal payment” for that. Not only that, but the language of the request implies that only the personal payment (broken out into two separate 50% payments… rather than three tranches for the transfer fee) should be paid via Western Union. Why circumvent the banks on the personal payments? Do European banks not have issue with wiring transfer payments as well?

  20. There are many many more right thinking people than corrupt people I have to believe. But people choose to keep quiet cause it may mean losing their job or worse. …….

  21. I have my ways Denisha Mayers 🙂 Good shout on whistleblower legislation btw Janine. Many people have not only lost their jobs leaking information to the media in the last five years… Some have even been sued by the State for breaching confidentiality.
    Confidentiality clauses are not supposed to help companies conceal crimes.
    If the PP stays, it is hard to see things not getting worse in terms of action against whistleblowers.

  22. There’s always someone willing to leak. That’s why we need whistleblower legislation. Remind me who is Kevin Harrison???

  23. Lmao at Bernie Madoff. The sad thing is if corruption is being enabled at this level it will keep sucking the life out of the national game. You would expect better from someone that rose through the ranks but its seems there is a inherent currupt culture within all our nations power structures that infects you when you get too close. Happy Independence Day to all!

  24. Ah… thanks & now looking at the date. Assumed it was recent, hence the reason for handing over the directorship to SIS. SMH

  25. How can Sancho have such a character as a special advisor? Like all “Special Advisors” are crooked or whaT?

  26. Nicholas Lochan, it is illegal for an agent to represent both parties in a deal. They cannot be the selling club and agent.

  27. sancho you disappoint the country with your choice but the old people say birds of a feather stick togther

  28. I have Sunderland, Southampton, and several Dutch clubs who contacted us to arrange games in TandT … Sancho did not return our communications as Sports Minister

  29. I bet they are concocting something right now Chris Tanner. Hopefully it is better than the excuse they gave for handling a club transfer by western union.
    It’s almost comical when small time hustlers try to play Bernie Madoff.

  30. No such thing as a mistake. They are good at hand picking crooks. Seat not even warm yet and he start to Eat-Ah-Food. Monkey see, monkey do.

  31. Lasana Liburd, I’m curious. If they acted as Agents in this deal, is requesting a personal payment illegal & the same as agent fees?

  32. I am still waiting for the sense in the Central FC payment saga to come forward. No one asked how CONCACAF/FIFA got Sancho’s bank account information in the first place to make a significant mistake to send the monies to his account in the first place. This is a crime to mix personal and business banking interests. Now we seeing kick-backs for players transfers. Has he transformed into a super agent now? This is/was the Minister of Sport, and everything normal. And he wanted to prosecute Jack Warner. Seems as if he was an astute student of the FIFA business model!

  33. I am still waiting for the sense in the Central FC payment saga to come forward. No one asked how CONCACAF/FIFA got Sancho’s bank account information in the first place to make a significant mistake to send the monies to his account in the first place. This is a crime to mix personal and business banking interests. Now we seeing kick-backs for players transfers. Has he transformed into a super agent now? This is/was the Minister of Sport, and everything normal. And he wanted to prosecute Jack Warner. Seems as if he was an astute student of the FIFA business model!

  34. Why. Would. They want to bypass the banking system? Do you fill out source of funds with western union? This tag team has been in charge of our sports ministry

  35. OK … then, depending on what he is requesting payment for, there MAY be an explanation … but I doubt it based on modern football legal practice

  36. He was not Chris Tanner. He was just club chairman.

  37. was Sancho Sports Minister at the time ?

  38. Slip and split payments in an attempt to avoid anti money laundering protocols is a direct indication of fraud. Very interested to see where this goes. Thanks for the info Lasana Liburd

  39. “Emails prevent lies. . .” my gawd!

  40. Ehhhhhhhh but what the hell man…..cat, dog and rat on tricks

  41. Ehhhhhhhh but what the hell man…..cat, dog and rat on tricks

  42. Lasana Liburd birdman damn ha, in the words of Nasty Nas – i hope you…

  43. “50% to Sancho and 50% to Kevin Harrison…”
    Wow! “……..slip in the personal payment…”
    Well, ok, then!

  44. wow i hope we get a response from the both gentlemen

  45. Awaiting word from either men to clarify. But the wording of the email gives away little; much can be assumed. Let’s see.

  46. Hopefully the electorate will “slip in” a pink slip for Sanko on September 07.

  47. Lord, have mercy and compassion!!!!

  48. I can see it now. “Dear Mr Liburd, We regret to inform you that we are unable to authenticate the existence of any email address kh.centralfc@gmail.com. We are, therefore, forced to conclude that this email is fake and to terminate all further investigation into this matter..

    Sincerely,
    M.Farrell,
    Registrar,
    TTIC.”
    The envelope bears a “Phillipine” post mark

  49. When a man says slip in he is up to no good. I know, I have said it a couple times.