Whenever there have been allegations of malpractice in maintenance of the financial accounts of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF), the allegations were swept aside, but this time the game's local governing body not reject the observations of FIFA, football's world governing body.
FIFA has reportedly stopped providing financial allocations to Bangladesh after auditing the financial documents that BFF submitted in December last year. It has also been reported that FIFA sent a letter to BFF on March 30 asking for documents on various financial aspects. FIFA officials and BFF officials yesterday sat in a virtual meeting to discuss the issue.
"FIFA has requested the BFF to make the activities of the accounts more transparent, neutral and accountable and we also promised them to strengthen the implementation process of the standard procedure in maintaining the accounts," Abdus Salam Murshedy, senior vice-president and head of BFF's finance committee, told reporters after the meeting.
The BFF also promised FIFA to formulate written policies of purchase, tendering method and payment procedure, if needed with technical assistance from FIFA, in order to implement those issues within May, a timeline given by FIFA.
FIFA provides BFF with US$500,000 yearly apart from other allocations in technical aspects, national teams and other areas while AFC provides BFF with US$250,000 per year.