Fifa fined BFF a total of 15,000 Swiss Francs due to the football supporters climbing over the fences of gallery during the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup joint qualifying match between Bangladesh and Qatar at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on October 10
World and Asian football governing bodies, Fifa and AFC have fined Bangladesh Football Federation around Tk37 lakhs for two different issues, including absence of 15 BFF-paid local coaches in the attendance sheet.
After seeing absence of those coaches during the inspection in October, according to BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag, the AFC handed a fine of $28,000 which is equivalent to three-month salary for October, November and December.
BFF currently has 19 paid coaches who are working in different sectors.
Women’s team coaches Golam Rabbani Choton, Mahmuda Akter Ananya, Mahbubur Rahman Litu and Suinu Pru Marma are the only ones whose attendance were signed and thus avoided fines.
Among the other 15 coaches, many were involved in different assignments including six coaches of the BFF-Fortis academy in Beraid - Mostafa Anwar Parvez Babu, Jahan-e-Alam Rahel, Altaful Haque, Mizanur Rahman, Rashed Ahmed Pappu and Abul Hossain.
“I have been in academy since March 5. When we are in assignment or in academy it’s not necessary for us to go to BFF. I have not known yet about the fine so I can’t make any comment about it,” said Parvez, who guided the U-15 national team to the Saff Championship title in 2018.
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Rahel said he signed on the attendance sheet whenever he got the chance since he was assigned to the academy.
They were also active with the U-16 team that won the Uefa-assist development cup in October.
There are also coaches who had been working in their respective districts including Feni, Narayanganj, Rangamati and Dinajpur.
“We tried to convince AFC that the coaches were in assignments but they didn’t listen to us. We will look after the coaches’ matter because the salaries mean a lot to their families,” said the BFF GS.
Meanwhile, Fifa fined BFF a total of 15,000 Swiss Francs due to the football supporters climbing over the fences of gallery during the 2022 World Cup and 2023 Asian Cup joint qualifying match between Bangladesh and Qatar at Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka on October 10.
BFF was fined for a similar incident four years ago during the 2018 World Cup qualifier against Australia.