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Singh unhappy with Fiji FA 'rush' decision

Arin Kumar
Sunday, January 19, 2014

FORMER Lautoka FA president Raymond Singh is unhappy with the Fiji Football Association's stand against the Blues' hierarchy.

The Fiji Football Association last week suspended all remaining Lautoka Football Association executives following the earlier resignation of president Shalendra Prasad.

The parent body cited "irregularities" on part of the association following complaints from two clubs.

Singh, who was president when Lautoka broke a 15-year tournament jinx to win the 2000 Fiji FACT, said the move by the Fiji FA was unconstitutional.

"They acted on the complaint of two clubs only, that's a huge minority," he said.

"The LFA is made up of 34 clubs. If the Fiji FA starts intervening upon complaints by one or two clubs with each of its affiliates, there will be no football played in the country."

Singh said the Fiji FA should have called a special meeting with all club delegates of the LFA and then act with the mandate of the council members.

"It is obvious that there has been a rush by Fiji FA to dissolve the LFA.

"If the LFA executives erred, the very first people they are answerable to are the council members.

"In this case, this could have been done in the presence of an Fiji FA official.

"Total interference by Fiji FA is only applicable if the issue remains unresolved at that meeting.

"Unfortunately, this wasn't done and instead the Fiji FA rushed things with a Board of Control meeting and reached a decision.

"I wonder why?"

Fiji FA has appointed Sanjay Prasad as interim administrator to run the affairs of LFA.

Fiji FA chief executive officer Bob Kumar clarified Lautoka FA officials were only removed when they failed to follow a directive from Fiji FA after their president Shalendra Prasad had resigned.

"Lautoka FA officials were removed because they did not follow a Fiji FA directive and instead appointed an acting president while an investigation was still going on," Kumar said.

"The investigation was based on the complaints by two clubs and the Lautoka FA officials were not co-operating with the investigation and had differences.

"In the end only four officials were left and the Fiji FA board of control had to remove the officials and appoint an administrator."

Kumar said the investigation of the Lautoka FA was continuing and the Fiji FA had appointed Sanjay Prasad as administrator of the Lautoka association until the investigation is completed and a congress called.





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