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COPE stirs Football and Cricket pots

COPE stirs Football and Cricket pots

Football millions gone into private accounts while another string Cricket queries highlighted

Former FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, now the most noted character in world sports for corruption visited Sri Lanka months ago, shortly prior to his ejection from the position. Months later FFSL comes under the radar of COPE - File pix

Millions of rupees channelled by FIFA- the  International Federation of Football Associations – to the Football  Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL) had been deposited in the private bank  accounts of two senior ex- office bearers of the FFSL; the Parliamentary  Committee on Public Enterprise (COPE) was informed this week.

The money had been channelled by FIFA to FFSL to  develop football and assist football clubs but instead the funds had  been pilfered off by these individuals, senior officials of FFSL who  appeared before COPE on Tuesday revealed.

The matter is to be investigated by the Criminal  Investigation Department (CID) while COPE too will carry out a separate  inquiry into this financial irregularities that have taken place at  FFSL, the Sunday Times learns.

Meanwhile a report by COPE submitted to  Parliament this week revealed that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had paid  millions of rupees  to private law firms  between 2006 and 2015  for  legal services  even though it could have obtained the same services  from the Attorney General Department at no cost.

In 2013 alone, SLC had paid Rs 21.6 million  rupees for private legal services while for the ten year period between  2006-2015, SLC paid 124.78 million to private law firms, the COPE report  which was tabled in Parliament said.

SLC has been asked to submit a report with  details of all the lawsuits to which it is connected as well as the  names and amounts paid to each of the law firms.  This report is due  shortly, Committee Chairman JVP lawmaker Sunil Handunnetti said.

The Parliamentary oversight committee observed  that SLC has not prepared a corporate plan, an action plan not a  procurement plan for 2016.

SLC Chairman Thilanga Sumathipala had told the  Committee that he had been appointed on January 3 this year and hence he  needed more time to submit these plans.

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The other issues highlighted in the Report  concerned the sale of tickets for matches. In 2014, tickets worth Rs 75  million had been sold for 13 one-day cricket matches while tickets  worth Rs 45 million had been issued free of charge.

The Committee had also paid attention to the fact  that even when SLC incurred a loss of Rs393 million in 2014, salary  increment ranging from Rs 5000 to Rs 86,250 were given  to contract basis  employees while a salary increment of Rs 215,400 was given to a coach  for spinners.

COPE has asked SLC to submit comprehensive  reports on granting of telecast rights  for cricket matches with  details on the basis on which such selections have been made  as well as  the agreements and the procurement process as well as why the  Suriyawewa Stadium is not included as an asset on the asset register of  SLC.

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