We will submit reports very soon, says Salahuddin

Sports Correspondent

15th February, 2019 10:15:54 printer

Bangladesh Football Federation President Kazi Salahuddin remained strong despite the looming investigation from Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) as he vowed to submit the reports to ACC in the coming days. In his first appearance in front of journalists since the letter by ACC, Kazi Salahuddin defended his integrity.

“In past seven to ten days we have compiled the documents required by ACC. We will submit the documents any time,” said Salahuddin. In reply to questions regarding the possible actions by FIFA of Asian Football Council for corruption charges, Salahuddin dismissed such proposition stating allegations need to be proved first.

“FIFA or AFC are not a part of this story. Everything will depend on the ultimate result of the investigations. FIFA and AFC will come into play once it has been proven whether the allegations are true or false,” told Salahuddin

“The fact that if one can call us guilty or not will depend on the report. ACC asked me to provide comprehensive financial report and we are obliging,” added Salahuddin

BFF President also explained the reason behind BFF asking for time-extension to submit the documents required by ACC.

“We were abroad and when came back to Bangladesh, we were notified about the letter from ACC. ACC sent me a letter asking for information. I have told my office to send the documents. They gave us two days to produce the papers in-front of them. We told them give us some more time as it’s no easy task to compile the financial documents of twelve years,” concluded Salahuddin.

Earlier, ACC sent a letter to the BFF alleging BFF President Kazi Salahuddin and Women’s Wing Chairperson Mahfuza Akter Kiron of ‘irregularities and embezzlement of funds through corruption’.

It has been learnt that the ACC has asked for documents regarding eleven issues, including BFF’s various bank accounts, the federation’s audit reports of the past 10 years, receipts and disbursement details of funds from FIFA for the Sylhet BKSP football academy, the compensation paid for non-participation in AFC Solidarity Cup, salary and bonus details of former coaches Lodewijk de Kruif and Rene Koster and expenditure for former FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s visit to Bangladesh.

Salahauddin, one of the best footballers of Bangladesh, became president of the game’s local governing body in 2008 and is currently enjoying his third straight term at its helm. It is believed that he will run for a fourth term when the polls are held in April, 2020.