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Of FFB $1.4 million budget, 63% to go to salaries

On Saturday, the Football Federation of Belize held it's third Extraordinary Congress to try to get some important business of football taken care of. You'll remember that just over 2 months ago, they tried to hold an ordinary congress - but that hd to be called off because there was no quorum due to infighting within the Federation.

So, they tried again this weekend to deal with important pending matters. And while they did have some measure of success this time around, the outstanding elections are no closer to being held. Our news team was there for 6 hours to find out how things look within the FFB's Executive, and Daniel Ortiz reports:

Daniel Ortiz reporting
At this Saturday's Extraordinary Congress, there was no protest, no staying home, and no standoff in the battle for power of the Football Federation of Belize.

All delegates showed up, and housekeeping matters were handled.

Marlon Kuylen - Acting President, FFB
"We would like to report that we had a successful extraordinary congress in that attendance wise, we had a 100% quorum."

But, on the biggest outstanding matter, the election of the president and the vice president, the FFB did not make any significant progress towards a resolution. In fact, it looks like they've made a few steps back. There were supposed to be sweeping changes where a new electoral committee, an electoral appeals committee, and an ethics committee would be installed.

The electoral committee and the appeals committee were sort of put on blast in the fight between Ruperto Vicente and Sergio Chuc, over Chuc's disqualification as a candidate for the Presidency. New members of those committees were supposed to be put in, but the FFB statutes don't allow for an arbitrary change of such important judicial bodies in football. So, that agenda item stalled.

Marlon Kuylen
"On agenda item to remove the current electoral committee and electoral appeals committee, there was no justification as to why these members or these committees were to be replaced and disbanded, and replaced by new members."

"When it comes to the electoral committee, the electoral appeals committee, or any committee of a judicial body for that matter, if there will be a change, there has to be justification as to why that change is being requested. And since we couldn't get that, then, we couldn't proceed."

But, the football community in Belize, and indeed FIFA want this matter resolved as soon as possible.

In fact, On Thursday, 2 days before their extraordinary congress, the Secretary General of FIFA wrote to the executive of the FFB - and among other things, he said, quote, "We were surprised to learn that you intend to organize elections for the president and the vice-president… 'No later than 23 June, 2018… The FFB needs to revise its statutes… by the end of 2018. In order to implement this decision, it is crucial that that a fully elected FFB executive committee is in place. We would therefore kindly urge you to provide us with a new timeline for the timely holding of the election of the president and vice president as soon as possible." End quote.

The acting president told us that they are in consultation with FIFA and CONCACAF to determine if they can hold more congress meetings to speed the process along.

Marlon Kuylen
"The question we had to them was, 1, can there be elections at an extraordinary congress? And if no, can 2 ordinary congresses be called in 1 calendar year? And then, how do we proceed, depending on our meeting today? And the results of it, how does that affect the elections, when they are called. And that is why, FIFA is telling us that on Monday, they will convene and then respond to our questions."

And on the Ethics Committee, which would scrutinize candidates who wanted to run for posts on the FFB executive, the extraordinary congress ran into problems there as well.

Marlon Kuylen
"As to the Ethics Committee, we had an ad hoc committee do an eligibility check on 10 names that were submitted, of which, we were going to choose 5 for the ethics committee. And they short listed it, and they made a recommendation with the 5 strongest persons who they believe would have made up a strong ethics committee. However, our statutes dictate, and the electoral (code) states that the electoral committee must be present to conduct elections of a judicial body, especially the chairman and the vice chairman. So, we could have proceeded with the approval of the recommendations of the ad hoc committee to appoint the 5 members that were recommended. But, we'd have had to elect the chairman of the committee. And since an Electoral committee is not present here today, then, we could not proceed with that."

So, since that's such a simple rule to comply with, why wasn't the Electoral Committee a part of the Extraordinary Congress?

Well, the Acting President says that they too were to be replaced, and well...

Marlon Kuylen
"Well they, (laughs) well, because they were supposed to be replaced today, we could not… You can't have them here if they're looking to be replaced. But, we live and we learn um."

"Another extraordinary congress will be held to deal with these items that we could not go through with today."

We'll have a little more in tomorrow's newscast, when we'll show you what the President had to say about the administrative costs consuming 63% of the FFB's budget for 2017.

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FFB Fire Who?

And in our last story from FFB's extraordinary congress the executive had to remove an agenda item which had planned to dismiss a number of persons from the FFB.

Among that list of persons to be terminated were Ruperto Vicente, Michael Blease, John Palacio, and Shane Orio. But, most of those dismissals never happened because due process was never followed.

In that letter from FIFA, the Secretary General referenced the dismissals noting that the congress does not have the authority to terminate them.That's because, similar to the electoral committee, and the electoral appeals committee, no proper justification was given.

We note that one day before this letter was sent to them, the FFB released an amended agenda, and these dismissals were taken off the list of agenda items for last Saturday's extraordinary congress.

Here's what the Acting President had to say on that issue:

Marlon Kuylen - Acting President, FFB
"It was unclear if the congress had authority to dismiss staff members of the secretariat. Although the congress has the authority to dismiss members or persons or associations, when that request comes in, there has to be justification, because those members in question would then have an opportunity to make a case for themselves or defend themselves at a congress like today."

Ian Haylock, President - PLB
"There were some inconsistencies and irregularities in arriving at some of those names that were listed there for dismissal. One of the things that the PLB have always advocated for was fair play, transparency in relation to moving football forward and we were of the opinion that over the years we have seen a lot of irregularities and hopefully by appointing and electing a new FFB executive, we were hoping that this would somewhat change the regular order of business that was formally in place which was to regulate and ensure that fair practice and fair play was within football and moving forward in a correct direction."

FFB, Deviling The Details

Last night, we showed you the extraordinary congress that the executive of the Football Federation of Belize hosted on Saturday afternoon. They were trying to take care of some business that was left untouched after the failed ordinary congress in July.

Some of the financial matters were addressed, but one element which caught our attention was the 2017 budget. It's for 1.4 million dollars in this fiscal year, and of that 1.4, FIFA provides 1 million dollars in funding to the FFB. Of that, the FFB is going to spend $848,000 or 63% on administrative costs of running the FFB offices.

That looks rather high, and so we asked the Acting President about it:

Marlon Kuylen - Acting President, FFB
"The budget was approved with conditions that in future the affiliates have more say or a hand in what is or how the budget is produced. So that was approved with the conditions that on a monthly basis the affiliates received financial reports from the federation and that we provide a list of the salaries and stipends that make up the administration cost of the budget."

"The operational cost makes up 63% of the entire budget for FFB. Isn't that a rather concerning a large number sir, since majority of the funding should ideally be going towards the sport itself."

Marlon Kuylen - Acting President, FFB
"When we get our funding, they are earmarked. So the FFB whilst yes to a certain extent it is high - the percentage that is used for administration of salaries and stipends whatever. The running of a federation is labor intensive and it increases when we have national team for instance, in camp, because then we have to hire a number of coaches, doctors and so forth. But it is justifiable, but of course like in any other organization we are looking at ways to streamline and more than just having to spend that much money on administration that it is being spent on people that are well qualified, because for instance you might have two persons doing the job of one and so forth. But yes the running of a federation is very labor intensive and in fact the financial report, the report is saying that we need more staff for our accounting."

The next biggest portion of the budget is just over 119,000 which will go to youth football, then $101,000 which goes to training, and $100,000, which goes towards women football.

Channel 7

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