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Will FIFA stop funding to BFF?

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  • 6 February, 2023 12:00 AM
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Will FIFA stop funding to BFF?

Bangladesh Football Federation may face a tough situation in near the future as the world governing body FIFA likely brings restrictions on its development fund to this member association (MA).

The former Bangladesh head coach Jamie Day gave this statement to The Daily Sun over the phone on Sunday.  Jamie filed a complaint against BFF to FIFA Players’ Status Committee last year asking a compensation of USD 86,000 with interest as the federation failed to comply with the terms of the employment contract.

The committee gave the verdict in favor of Jamie and gave the federation a deadline to compensate the English man until December 27, 2022. Though the federation had a chance to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against this decision by this time, neither they appealed to the court nor paid the amount. So as per the FIFA constitution, a federation may face monetary restrictions from FIFA if they failed to resolve any dispute. 

“In October 2022, the FIFA Players’ Status Committee heard the case between the BFF and me and determined that I was owed compensation of $86,000 plus interest due to the BFF’s failure to comply with the terms of the employment contract between us. The BFF did not appeal FIFA’s decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, and so FIFA’s decision is final and binding,” Jamie stated. 

“FIFA imposed a deadline upon the BFF of 27 December 2022 to comply with its decision and pay the outstanding amounts. The BFF has chosen to ignore FIFA and this deadline and to date, no amounts have been paid. As a result, the BFF now faces a restriction on receiving a percentage of development funding until they decide to comply with FIFA’s decision,” he added.

The Daily Sun tried to communicate with BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag but failed to talk with him. The Daily Sun further talked with BFF senior vice-president and finance committee chairman Abdus Salam Murshedy, but he denied all accusations.  “These are all fake issues. We’re not well informed about it. We know nothing about it. Also, it is not my department,” he concluded.