The Bangladesh Football Federation officials on Thursday decided to lobby in FIFA to see if they can make the world football governing body softening its position over popular local club Mohammedan Sporting Club.
FIFA in a letter on November 30 asked the BFF to deduct three points of Mohammedan from the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League as it failed to clear the dues of its former Nigerian coach Emeka Ezeugo.
FIFA also threatened to ban Bangladesh from all football activities if it did not comply with the instruction. According to the FIFA directive, Mohammedan must pay Emeka $22,000 as wage and fine and at the same time lose three points for the league for their failure comply with similar instruction previously.
Despite the clear message from FIFA, the BFF officials thought their personal relationship with the world football governing body might help Mohammedan get away with only paying the amount and without losing the point.
‘We are bound to follow the orders of FIFA and AFC because they are our parent organisations,’ BFF’s senior vice-president Abdus Samal Murshedy, who is also a Mohammedan official, said on Thursday.
‘But we will also have to see the interest of our clubs. So, we will take two more days to convince FIFA to reach an amicable solution.
‘Our president [Kazi Salahuddin] has a good relationship with FIFA and AFC and our member Kiron [Mahfuza Akter] is an executive member of FIFA. We have already requested them to discuss the matter with FIFA.’
Salam claimed that their personal connections with FIFA worked for their favour in the past.
‘Look, once FIFA fined us around $1, 00,000 over an undue issue of coach but somehow we could convince them to reduce the fine,’ he said.
‘We don’t know what actually happened but we want to try our level best because we have a very good relationship with FIFA.
‘Our intention is clear. We want to solve the crisis by paying the fine [$20,000 and additional $2000] that FIFA ordered the club [Mohammedan] to pay Emeka as early as possible.’
BFF general secretary Abu Nayeem Shohag said they sent letter to FIFA on behalf of Mohammedan to see if the money can be paid in installments.
‘We sent letter to see in the money can be paid in three installments by 30 days. We are now waiting for their response,’ he said.
According to BFF officials,m Mohammedan wanted to pay $8,000 on December 12, $8,000 on December 31 and $6,000 on January 6.
Meanwhile, other clubs took a swipe at BBF for not taking immediate action against Mohammedan.
Arambagh Krira Sangha president Mominul Haq Sayeed, who was present at the meeting, said it was a shame for the entire nation.
‘It’s really a shame for us. Because of some mismanagement by a club FIFA has threatened take us to the task,’ Sayeed said. ‘We told the BFF to take immediate action.’
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