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FIFA’s Restrictions on OFC will not affect Vanuatu

Football’s world governing body restriction of financial support to the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) will not affect Vanuatu, according to Vanuatu Football Federation.

VFF assured all football fans and business partners that Vanuatu has nothing to do with the issue and VFF planned project on Freswota will still go ahead.

The office refers to comments on social media as misleading because the restriction is unrelated to funding received by members associations from FIFA, it is for the Oceania confederation only and most of the football projects in Vanuatu are clear of the restriction as they are funded directly from FIFA.

The restriction was raised after an audit into a multi-million-dollar project to build a Home of Football in Auckland New Zealand, fully-funded by OFC and Fifa, and was in 2013 estimated to cost $5.3 million but as of 2016 costs had blown out to $12.8m.

Stage one includes two international sized artificial football fields, practice turf, warm up turf, toilets, flood lights, car parking and landscaping.

OFC President David Chung was implicated in the report and resigned claiming personal reasons for his decision to leave behind a USD 30,000.000 annual salary as FIFA’s most senior of vice presidents, and the position of first replacement for the FIFA president.

VFF claims that the statement that Chung’s suspected action has led to the suspension of FIFA financial support to Oceania and all its member associations, is not true.