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ACC launches probe on BFF chief Kazi Salahuddin

  • Published at 07:35 pm February 5th, 2019
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File photo: Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) President Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin Md Manik

The anti-corruption body has sought a number of documents from the federation

The Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) has opened an investigation into embezzlement and money laundering by the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) President Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin and two others of the federation.

The two others are the federation's executive member and Chairperson of its women’s committee Mahfuza Akhter Kiron and its Chief Financial Officer Abu Hossain.

A letter signed by ACC Deputy Director Mohammad Nasiruddin was sent to the federation on Tuesday, requesting a number of records to be submitted to the commission by February 7.

The ACC has asked for 11 specific records from the BFF - including details of BFF bank accounts during Salahuddin’s term, details of money received from Fifa and spent for establishing a football academy at Sylhet BKSP, and BFF annual reports and special reports from 2008 to 2018.

It has also asked for details on the payment of a $20,000 to AFC and $50,000 to Nepal as championship prize money for Bangabandhu Gold Cup 2015. It also asked for the details of an agreement with Channel 9 to broadcast the Bangabandhu Gold Cup and purchase of broadcasting equipment to that end.

Documents of formal agreement, appointment and allowances for BFF Technical and Strategic Director Paul Thomas Smalley, former national football team head coach Ludewik Darius De Krulf, and head of BFF Academy Rene Koster have also been sought by the commission.

The ACC has also requested details of expenditure during FIFA president's Bangladesh visit and a copy of the BFF constitution within the deadline.

ACC sources said the commission launched an inquiry against the three last year.

The Dhaka Tribune made repeated attempts to reach BFF General Secretary Abu Naeem Shohag for comments, but his phone remains unanswered.