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Anti-corruption group study says FIFA members too secretive

19 November 2015, 18:11

Zurich — Transparency International says too many FIFA member federations are secretive about what they do and how they spend money.

The anti-corruption monitoring group says 168 of the 209 FIFA members fail to make financial reports publicly available. Each got at least $2.05 million from FIFA's 2014 World Cup revenues.

TI managing director Cobus de Swardt says: "The risk of corruption at too many football associations around the world is high."

Also read: Chile FA head turns witness in FIFA probe - Media

Research published Thursday follows U.S. and Swiss criminal investigations of FIFA and senior officials.

The 16-page document says one in five national soccer bodies has no website to explain its work, and 178 do not publish annual activity reports.

TI says just 14 of the 209 members passed its transparency test by publishing accounts, statutes, activity report and code of conduct.

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