Transparency watchdog slams national FAs over corruption


BERLIN: Anti-graft watchdog Transparency International (TI) on Thursday (Friday in Manila) blasted scandal-plagued FIFA’s member national football associations for compounding the risk of corruption through a lack of transparency. The Berlin-based non-governmental organization said the various FAs’ reluctance to publish financial information had contributed to tarnishing the image of football. “Most of the 209 national football associations that make up FIFA, world football’s governing body, publish little or no information on what they do and how they spend their money,” TI said. There was a dearth of published financial accounts, governing statutes, codes of conduct and annual activity reports, despite the fact that they received more than $1 million (930,000 euros) each from FIFA in 2014, added TI.



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