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Jul 13, 2017

What is Status of F.F.B. Finances?

Marlon Kuylen

The failed F.F.B. Congress, which ought to have taken place on the weekend of June twenty-fourth, has instead left in its wake serious unfinished business.  While executives and members of the Football Federation of Belize convened a meeting the following day, twenty-four hours after the election of a new president had been scheduled, certain agenda items were never addressed.  Details included the completion of the organization’s financials for the previous fiscal year.  That activity, however, was botched when those in attendance decided midway through the process that they were no longer going ahead with the presentation.  With the F.F.B.’s books incomplete, there are concerns about the organization’s financial standing, since funding for salaries and other administrative expenses are dealt with through FIFA.  On Wednesday, News Five inquired about F.F.B.’s status.  Here’s what Acting President Marlon Kuylen had to say about the budget.

 

Isani Cayetano

“Coming out of that gathering, I was made to understand that the financials were never finalized for the previous fiscal years.  What happens now in terms of FIFA being able to release more monies for the F.F.B. to continue its operations?”

 

Marlon Kuylen, Acting President, F.F.B.

“Well FIFA hasn’t told us anything in the negative as yet.  We are awaiting word from them.  In fact, I’m expecting our FIFA representative today.  But in the meantime it seems that it will be business as usual, and, as you know, four of our affiliates have requested an extraordinary congress and this is a step in the right direction again because then on the agenda we have the approval, as items on the agenda it’s the approval of the financials and the budgets and stuff that were not done at the aborted congress. Well as you can see in our budget, a substantial amount of it geared to or slated for salaries which is not sustainable in an organization like this or any other, for that fact.  So we are looking at ways to streamline.  We may have to give some personnel other duties or we may have to dismiss others.  We will see as the weeks go by.”

 

Reporter

“Is it likely that this dismissal could end up in court or even further up as it relates to FIFA?”

 

Marlon Kuylen

“No, the only reason I can see it ending up in court is because of the contracts, but not for any illegalities being done on the part of the F.F.B.”      

 

As we reported on Wednesday, the executive of the F.F.B. has gotten rid of Michael Blease as General Secretary.  He has since been replaced by former magistrate Earl Jones on an interim basis.

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