Kapi Natto calls on Fifa to intervene

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SUSPENDED Hekari Soccer Association president John Kapi Natto has called on the Fifa Ethics Committee to investigate the conduct of the PNGFA in relation to its elective congress later this month.
Kapi Natto, who was a strong contender to unseat incumbent David Chung in the upcoming PNGFA election alleged that the process was being manipulated to serve one man’s interest.
“The election is being rigged because the electoral code is being used as an excuse to exclude member associations from the voting process,” Kapi Natto said.
The Hekari boss said there would be no point in approaching the Oceania Football Confederation as that body was also under Chung as its president.
He said Chung would have an obvious conflict of interest when addressing any PNGFA issue brought before him.
“We need the Fifa Ethics Committee to come and investigate the PNGFA and the electoral code vetting process leading up to the Dec 28 election,” he said.
Kapi Natto claimed that the electoral code vetting was being used as a tool to take out associations who were not supportive of the current administration.
He said there were too many irregularities in the vetting process.
While Kapi Natto backed the electoral code, he asked why it was being used in 2016 and why had it not been used at previous elective congresses.
He said he had the support of 11 associations including Lae, Lahi, Mendi, Hekari, Wabag, Manus, Bougainville, Koupa, NCDPSSA, Madang and Tabubil up until his removal from the race.
Kapi Natto appealled to Fifa’s ethics committee intervene before the assembly in Kimbe.
Manus presidents Jack Changau, with Geob Gairiki (Lae), Andrew Narik (LFA) and Francis Ank (Mendi) spoke at length of their agreement that the ethics committee had to step in to decide if the PNGFA had a case to answer and what action would be taken.
Changau described the suspension this week of three associations Hekari, Bougainville and Koupa as a sad day for football in the country.
He said the 11 associations who supported Kapi Natto remained behind him and wanted to be given fair treatment.

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