FIFA official to investigate BFA
by EZRA STUART
A?REPRESENTATIVE?of the world governing body for football, FIFA, will be conducting an investigation into the affairs of the Barbados Football Association (BFA) this week.
Concerned about a myriad of problems facing the BFA ranging from a fracture within the executive council and the controversial resignation of its general secretary, Chris Graham, FIFA’s Development Officer for the South Eastern Caribbean, Jamaican Howard McIntosh, has convened a mandatory special meeting with the entire BFA executive.
Investigations by NATIONSPORT?revealed that a meeting has been scheduled for today at 6 p.m. at the BFA’s Fontabelle headquarters.
Among the agenda items in a circular sent to council members last week is the appointment of a general secretary along with matters relating to Barbados’ football.
Graham, who was appointed last October, handed in his resignation following a heated incident at the BFA’s office on September 6.
He subsequently reported the matter to the police and as a result, BFA’s president Randy Harris, vice-president Al Walcott and junior assistant secretary Ashton Chapman were all questioned by members of the Royal Barbados Police Force.
However, Graham subsequently asked the council to accept the withdrawal of his resignation but this was rejected. Afterwards, Graham retained attorney at law Steve Gollop to act on his behalf and he immediately wrote Harris, informing him of his intention “to institute proceedings in the High Court”.
Gollop cited “numerous procedural breaches by the association through its agents which made it virtually impossible” for his client to execute his duties.
Since Graham’s resignation, senior assistant secretary, Charles Husbands, has been acting as general secretary.