Vice president of SVG Football Federation resigns citing misappropriation of funds

KINGSTOWN, St.Vincent,  CMC- Lloyd Small has resigned as First Vice-President of the St.Vincent and the Grenadines Football Federation (SVGFF), citing misappropriation of funds and rampant violations among 21 reasons that prompted his decision.

Small says he resigned because of the “misappropriation of funds” specifically earmarked for grassroots development, “the lack of documentation supporting disbursements” of $95,205 from the Federation’s account  and  the “micro-management” of the secretariat by president Venold Coombs.

Small handed in his resignation letter to General Secretary Trevor Huggins accusing the executive of refusing to implement “the Arnos Vale Declaration”, between FIFA and the Federation dealing with the administration of football clubs in the country.

“Based on the foregoing reasons, it has become untenable for me to continue to be a member of the Executive Committee of the SVGFF, as it 1st Vice-President,” Small said.

“Some members of the Executive have compromised their principles … in exchange of favours and monthly stipend paid to them. Having taken a thorough look at the performance of the Executive Committee and the current state of the game, I therefore tender my resignation with immediate effect”.

In his resignation letter, Small complained of “dogmatic breaches” of FIFA’s Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct, lack of accountability of equipment and materials received from FIFA for training courses and said monthly or quarterly financial statements were not presented at meetings of the federation’s Executive.

He complained as well about the establishment of a cash savings account at a local bank “without a resolution taken by the Executive Committee, and without proper knowledge and approval of the majority of its members”.

Coombs told I-Witness News in St. Vincent recently that he established the account to receive funds from FIFA.

“The administration of the sport is laced with nepotism and a check list of conflicts of interest,” Small said.

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