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Friday, 29 February 2008

Staff Correspondent

The Asian Football Confederation in its latest letter to the Bangladesh Football Federation categorically stated that the District Football Associations would not be the members of the BFF rather they would be the members of their respective Divisional Football Associations.

The instructions may arrive as a severe blow to the Sports Organisers Forum who monopolised the federation's electoral process as a combined unit.

In the letter sent on Wednesday to the controversial president of the BFF, SA Sultan, the FIFA and AFC slammed the federation saying, 'We have discovered that there is big misunderstanding between what the FIFA and AFC have communicated to the BFF and what they have in fact understood.'

The ruling body of Asian football sent the following instructions to BFF: The six Divisional Football Associations that are being formed in the compliance with the FIFA Standard Statutes can be members of the BFF provided they organise football competitions.

As for the 64 District Associations, they will be members of their respective Divisional Football Associations. They, however, will not be members of the BFF as they are already represented by the Divisional Football Associations.

Therefore, for the avoidance of doubt, only the Divisional Football Associations and the clubs that meet the criteria are entitled to membership with the federation.

The AFC, however, invited the delegation, who met the AFC president Muhammad bin Hammam on January 19 at Kuala Lumpur, for another meeting to settle the matter once for all. Col (retd) Waliullah, the CEO of the Bangladesh Olympic Association, who was a member of the delegation, said, 'I feel that we should go there to resolve the issue as soon as possible. As the Divisional Associations will now represent the district bodies in the BFF we can now finalise the number of members they will send to the parent body.'

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