FA Official: The Mafia tampering with relationship between Zico and the FA


Iraq FA official Kamil Zaghir looks to have escalated the problems with the Brazilian coach Zico by claiming that a Mafia is involved in causing problems between them the FA and Zico.

In an interview with Al-Hurra, the Iraqi FA official stated: “This Mafia, I will reveal all and the names of those involved in because it is the interest of Iraqi football and this aside of national duty at a later time, and reveal their motivation and goals that they want to work to achieve, in order to divide the Iraq FA and its functions.”

He added “Which increases our conviction that this internal Mafia is moving in this direction, such that the objectives and actions come at a time when getting ready to start a sensitive stage of the World Cup qualifiers in Brazil in 2014.”

Kamil Zaghir defended the FA, noting that all the financial statements refers to full payments being made to the coach Zico, and claimed that there was a procedure pursued by the FA to pay the salaries of Zico ahead of any, that FA is now preparing to pay the salary of the month of August prior to its expiration.

Kamil stated that he made no secret of the existence of differences on the nature of the details of the contract for the second period for the work of Zico and continue a second year after the end of the first period of the contract in mid-August, noting that there are technical details and administrative and financial will be installed in order to abide by the parties, adding that a meeting be held with the coach before the team played its friendly match with Mali on August 14 in the Jordanian capital.

Kamil Zaghir, who will be involved in the CAS tribunial next month, with the FA official reportedly not being a member of the Al-Siyaha Club when the voting for the 2011 elections were made. This meant he would have been ineligible to stand in the elections as he was not elected by the FA general assembly nor by the Al-Siyaha Club.

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