The Football Federation of Belize (FFB) was threatening a lawsuit over defamatory comments made on Facebook by one Jesus Castillo Senior. Castillo reportedly suggested that misconduct and corruption were taking place within the Federation. FFB’s attorney, Hurl Hamilton, issued a letter to Castillo stating that his comments were unjustified and that an apology should be carried out. The matter is still developing as explained by Attorney Hamilton.
Hurl Hamilton, Attorney: “Mr.Castillo unjustifiably and certainly those comments untrue indicated that perhaps that junior staff were being dismissed, lost their jobs and he was of the view that it was because of the poor management or the mismanagement I would dare say even corruption that was happening at the Football Federation. Clearly that was not the case and we had to bring it to his attention to apologize to my client. We indicated to him that had he not retract those statements that were made then we would have contemplated taking action against him at the Supreme Court for libel so no action was ever instituted just that we asked that he retract those statements and that he gave us an apology in writing which he did. It was a letter sent to the Football Federation of Belize and I believe my client is satisfied with the content of the letter.”
The initial letter from Hamilton was sent to Castillo on June 8. By June 19, Castillo issued his apology. The FFB has stated that they will continue to work in the best interest of football in Belize.