FA transparency over Zico payments backfires

The Iraq Football Association today posted details of the transactions of the monthly payments made to Zico from August 2011 when he was appointed coach of Iraq.

The documents indicate that Zico has so far been paid $1,718,750.00 US (the last payment made on May 31, 2012, which itself was a late payment for the month of March 2012), confirming that the Brazilian coach has not been paid for five months. Zico is due $781,250.00 US from the FA for the months of April, May, June, July and August.

Zico’s annual wage comes to $2,500,000.00 US.

The FA made 11 payments to Zico however the Brazilian coach was short changed by $781,250.00 US. From September 10 and on the tenth of each month Zico was expecting a monthly payment of $156,250.00 US however as the FA’s documents prove many of the payments were not paid on time, the first payment coming on October 17, 2011. Nor did the payments include the $650,000 US that should have been Zico’s first installment when he first signed on August 28 2011 (There is no mention of this payment in the documents released by the Iraq FA on July 30).

17/10/2011 €112,077.25 EUROS – $155,505 US
20/10/2011 €342,128.57 EUROS – $471,703 US (3 Months Salary)
01/11/2011 – $156,250.00 US DOLLARS
28/11/2011 €117,054.42 EUROS – $154,993 US
15/12/2011 €119,137.36 EUROS – $155,037 US
29/02/2012 €231,774.94 EUROS – $311,295 US (2 Months Salary)
22/03/2012 €117,786.62 EUROS – $155,948 US
31/05/2012 – $156,060.00 US DOLLARS
Total: Approx. – $1,716,791 US DOLLARS

The Iraq FA hoped that its apparent transparency would prove to their doubters what FA officials have already been stating in the media from last week that everything has been paid to Zico however the disclosure of the transactions have only managed to prove that Zico is still owed money.

There is no mention of the wages paid to Zico’s assistant and brother Edu and fitness coach Moraci Santanna in the documents posted by the FA.

Download the eleven page pdf document from the official Iraq FA website here

The Iraq Football Association had posted an earlier file on their website that included 16 pages which was removed – it can be downloaded here

Meanwhile in an interview with Al-Arabiya TV, Tariq Ahmed of the Iraq FA reiterated that Zico had been paid fully. Zico himself stated that he had not been paid since March and was owed five months wages by the FA.


FA president Najih Humoud categorically denies Zico has not been paid

Only hours after Zico himself posted on his own website stating that he had not been paid by the Iraq FA for nearly five months, Najih Humoud in an interview with Omar Qahtan posted on youtube, explicitly denied that there was any problem with Zico or money owed to him, also claiming that Zico’s contract ran until 2014. Though if this is true then why was the FA renegotiating a renewal of Zico’s contract with his manager Antonio Simões da Costa in Baghdad as a source close to the FA president reported earlier this month.

The FA president mentioned that training for Iraq’s crucial World Cup qualifier against Japan would start on August 7 in Baghdad, with a friendly match in Amman on August 14 with Mali.

FA member Qadir Shamkhi on July 25 in an interview with Al-Sumaria News also rejected the idea that Zico had not been paid, and called on anyone to display proof regarding the allegations.

A day later Al-Maleab published an article reportedly quoting Salam Kamil, Zico’s translator in a phone interview from Madrid, denying that Zico had not been paid by the FA. Though Salam Kamil has since stated that he had never made any such statements. He claimed that he was contacted by a spokesman from the FA.

Have the FA’s lies come back to haunt them?

For the past year, we have heard announcements after announcements from FA members Najih Humoud, Abdul-Khaliq Masoud, Kamil Zaghir, Qadir Shamkhi and Naiem Saddam on Zico’s imminent arrival to Baghdad but the Brazilian coach never arrived. Recently the FA reported that Zico demanded the FA to organise a training camp and friendly matches before the Japan game however Zico came out publicly to rubbish the FA claims and stated he had made no such demands.

The truth will out.

CAS Tribunal starts on September 28 2012

The CAS case will start on September 28 2012 at the CAS Headquarters at Château de Béthusy Avenue de Beaumont 2, Lausanne. The Tribunal Arbitral du Sport (TAS)/ Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will hear infringements associated with Iraq FA’s electoral process last year.

The appellants that include Falah Hassan, Mahmoud Jassim Zaboun, Al-Zawraa, Al-Najaf, Al-Ramadi, Al-Samawa, Al-Hudoud FC, Mosul, Al-Anbar FA, Arbil FA, and the Al-Najaf FA hope to declare the FA electoral process held on 18 June 2011 as invalid over several infringements made by members of the FA in the run up and during the 2011 elections.

They allege that the current administration of Najih Humoud had manipulated the local media and FIFA, ousting the former FA president Hussein Saeed as a nominee and illegally changing the formation of the FA general assembly and FA statutes.

They allege that the FA manipulated the general assembly and FIFA to gain an unfair advantage for Najih Humoud’s group to win the elections and take over the FA. The appellants claim that on 23 April 2011 at a congress meeting in which the FA general assembly increased the number of its members from 63 to 72, in violation of art. 24 of the Iraq FA statutes. The FA allowed non-members of Congress to represent clubs as follows: Fawzi Haidar Mohammed, an equipment manager at the FA represented Pires, Sadiq Abdul-Hussein, a competitions department employee at FA, represented Zakho, Hashim Al-Badri, a journalist at Al-Malaab, represented Peshmerga, while a driver at the FA known only as Majid, represented Al-Naft.

Presidential candidate, Hussein Saeed declared that he stood down as FA president but did not withdraw his nomination for the FA presidency. He claimed that the FA under Najih Humoud had rescheduled the elections for June 18 when he was in Mexico fulfilling his duty as a member of FIFA’s organising Committee at the U17 World Cup and unable to attend the elections in Baghdad.

A week before the elections, Najih Humoud had also allegedly met with 36 members of the FA at his home in Kufa to gain their votes against Falah Hassan, dubbed ‘the South and Middle of the Euphrates River Block’.

Zico confirms dispute with Iraq FA

“The thing is complicated. I have problems and I really do not know if I will not go back because they are not complying with their contractual commitments. I’m waiting but I think things are very complicated around me. It’s just the deposit they owe me, with Edu and Moraci, that really exceeded the limits. However much love we have for football, knowing that we are doing a good job and that Iraq has a chance, you see that with regrets their commitments are not respected. We can end up stressing, discounting the players and I do not want that. We are fulfilling our duty and they are not “
Zico, Esporte Interativo, July 24, 2012

Zico: “No, I do not know if I’m going back, I find it hard”

Zico looks like cutting ties with the Iraq national side after he confirmed on Monday that he has gone four months without pay and may go to FIFA if it is not resolved.

“In the next 10 days, will complete five months without pay. If I have not been paid until now, I think I will not be paid in 10 days,” he told Folha by phone on Monday afternoon.

“No, I do not know if I’m going back, I find it hard,” he added. Besides him, Edu his brother and assistant and fitness coach Moraci face the same problems, according to the former Brazil star. They have not been paid for the last eight months, and were not in Jeddah for the Arab Cup.

Zico was appointed coach of Iraq in late August 2011 and less than a year later may leave the job because of problems with the country’s FA. On Monday, the former Flamengo player said that the Iraqis were not meeting the financial arrangement with himself and his coaching staff – as mentioned on Lauro Jardim’s column on the Radar Online website “I do not know if I will return to Iraq, they are not fulfilling contractual obligations. Business is one: just deposit has been paid to me and divided among other members of the technical staff.”

After arriving for the third edition of the Zico Soccer Clinic in Miami, Zico first made comments displaying his dissatisfaction with the Iraq FA.
“The FA is very complicated from there. I am entering the fifth month without salary. If they do not pay me, I am not coming back. If they pay everything back,” Zico told http://www.zicosocceracademy.com on July 17. His brother and assistant coach, Edu Coimbra, and goalkeeping Moraci Santana are in a worse situation, having not been paid for eight months. On Thursday 19 July, Zico reached Rio and will remain in Brazil until the problem is resolved. He had left Jeddah to spend two days in New York with his grandson Arthur Junior along with his wife Sandra before flying off to Miami to take part in his Soccer Clinic from July 10-14.

“Our next game is with Japan on September 11. It is a pity, the players will be upset because we have a good chance to qualify for the World Cup,” he says. If the team qualifies, it will be the second time that Iraq will play at a World Cup. The only time it qualified, the technical team included his brothers, Edu Coimbra and his late Antunes. By the end of the month, if the mess continues, Zico plans to appeal in FIFA.