The world football governing body, FIFA, has said that the Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) is only accountable to FIFA not to the Anti-Corruption Commission of Sierra Leone on any FIFA financial assistance.
According to latest correspondence from FIFA dated September 8 2011 and signed by the Federation’s Assistant Secretary General, Markus Kattner, the SLFA must exclusively be accountable to FIFA for all its Financial Assistance Program (FAP).
The latter reads: “The financial assistance provided by FIFA to all its member associations is audited by a duly mandated audit company every year.
As a consequence, the member associations are accountable for the use of the FIFA financial assistance exclusively to FIFA and not any other entity.”
The letter further stated that “the request of the ACC for SLFA authorities to provide receipts and cash books in relation to the FIFA financial assistance could constitute a governmental interference which is subject to sanction”.
“We thus consider that the request of the Anti-Corruption Commission could constitute a governmental interference subject to sanction should it persist in requesting the receipts and the cash books of FIFA financial assistance,” the letter stated.
However, FIFA stated that they deem it legitimate for the request of receipts and cash books for grants provided by the Government of Sierra Leone to the SLFA.
The letter also stated: “Regarding the grants provided by the Government of Sierra Leone to SLFA, we deem it legitimate the request of the authorities since they have been providing assistance to SLFA, they are entitled to be informed about the use of the assistance they granted.”
FIFA letter came in awake of making clarification of its FAP after SLFA wrote FIFA about ACC’s request for receipts and cash books in relation to FIFA financial assistance.