No witch hunt for former F.F.B. President, Dr. Bertie Chimilio
Vicente also says that the F.F.B. wants to work with Chimilio since he still represents football with several organizations. But regarding the empty bank account, and a lack of financial statements for the past decade, Vicente says that a commission of inquiry will review last year’s financial statements, whenever they become available.
Ruperto Vicente, President F.F.B.
“Because we don’t want the executive of the Federation being involved and engaged in any investigative matters, we’re going to commission a commission of inquiry to look at irregularities in the finances of the Football Federation of Belize. But we are still waiting for the financial report from Dr. Chimilio. We are expecting that report this week.”
“You mentioned, I believe, a couple million dollars that the F.F.B. received over the past couple years. Is that correct?”
“Yeah. Last year we got one point eight million dollars. we have reports that indicate how those monies were spent and so we’re going to accept it for what it is. It is amazing that we found contracts for the general secretary. The statues clearly declares or indicates that the general secretary life in the federation comes with that of the president. If the president is removed then the general secretary goes as well. So the new president always according to the statues appoints his general secretary. And in this case, the past general secretary has a contract until 2015. So we are reviewing that contract and to see the legality or illegality of that contract.”
“Being that you should choose your general secretary, who would it be assuming you would get the opportunity to do so shortly?”
“Well I have appointed my general secretary and he is Mr. Michael Blease. He has a wealth of knowledge about football and I believe he is going to be an asset to the F.F.B.”
“So going back to what you said, there is no paperwork on how monies were spent; no paperwork on what monies would be coming from? You don’t have anything.”
“We don’t have any paperwork to indicate to us how monies were spent and we’re gonna have to establish those things. We do not have that and as soon as monies begin to roll into the F.F.B., we are going to set up a system that’s going to show the public how our monies are spent.”
“But just to be assured, you are not looking for any legal matters against Mr. Chimilio, the former president or is that something that you’ll also be looking at?”
“Definitely not. We are not going to take Dr. Chimilio to court and I’m gonna say that. Football, in fact FIFA does not encourage that kind of thing. You know, whatever irregularities may have found, we’re gonna have to forward it to FIFA and then FIFA will advise us on the steps to take when it comes to Dr. Chimilio.”
The F.F.B. executive is also going to Budapest for the CONCACAF extraordinary congress to be held on May twenty-third. During this time they will have a private session with the FIFA president at the FIFA congress which will be held on the twenty fourth.