Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
At least 30 members of Haiti's soccer federation dead
by Paul Kennedy, January 20th, 2010 7AM

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[HAITI EARTHQUAKE]
Jean Yves Labaze, who coached Haiti to the Under-17 World Cup finals in 2007, was among at least 30 members of Haiti's soccer federation who died in last week's earthquake. Its executive committee was meeting when the quake struck, causing the three-story building in Port-au-Prince that served as the headquarters for the federation to collapse. Its president, Dr. Yves Jean Bart, was the only one who survived.

Caribbean Football Union vice president Captain Horace Burrell visited Haiti, where he was met by Jean Bart, who was injured in the collapse of the federation headquarters.

Burrell filed a report to Concacaf president and FIFA vice president Jack Warner on Tuesday:

"I was met at the airport by an injured President Dr Yves Jean Bart (president of the Haitian Football Federation). His injuries and bandages remain stark reminders of his narrow escape from the crumbling building following the earthquake. President Jean Bart, explained that he and other members of the executive committee were meeting at the time of the quake and he was the only survivor.

"As we travelled down what now remains of the major highway, the buildings that line the roadways are but crumbled shells of their previous incarnations, not even a hint of their previous grandeur can be seen.

"None is a truer reflection of this statement than the federation's headquarters.

"Once a three story magnanimous structure, all that remains is a concrete slab. The stench of death is present everywhere on this island. As we looked at the ruins, I saw three decomposing bodies, visibly mangled in the rubble.

"All that it would take is proper equipment to free the bodies, to allow their families the courtesy of a proper funeral. But many on this island have been robbed of that courtesy."


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Soccer America Men's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] No. 1 Washington jumped out to a 2-0 lead at San Diego State after ...
'Caps qualify for first time, three U.S. spots taken    
[CONCACAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE] Vancouver qualified for the Concacaf Champions League for the first time when Saturday's ...
Soccer America Women's Top 25 Scoreboard    
[ROUNDUP: Sunday] A goal in each half from Michaela Dooley and Stuart Pope gave Kentucky a ...
The Good, The Bad -- and Lionel Messi     
[EUROPE IN A NUTSHELL] A hat trick was not enough for Sergio Aguero, while Cristiano Ronaldo ...
Sounders in driver's seat for Supporters' Shield    
[MLS: Sunday] The LA Galaxy looked to be coasting to victory in the first of its ...
Indiana-based Haiti overcomes obstacles    
[SCOUTING REPORT: Haiti] The USA is all but assured of advancing to the semifinals of the ...
Cameron returns for Stoke, Diskerud injured in Norway    
[AMERICANS ABROAD: Weekend] Geoff Cameron made his first appearance of the English Premier League season after ...
What They're Saying: Raphael Wolf     
"That was a big blow for us, there's no point in sugar-coating it. It wasn't a ...
Goalkeeper scores fantastic free kick     
[VIDEO PICK: Golazo] Rogerio Ceni, the 41-year-old goalkeeper who is Sao Paulo's 11th all-time leading scorer, ...
D.C. United tops East, Crew gets in    
[MLS: Saturday] D.C. United wrapped up a remarkable run by downing Chicago, 2-1, to win the ...
>> Soccer America Daily Archives