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Transparency International Croatia (TIH) on Thursday called on the leadership of the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) to make available information on the spending of funds received from FIFA and to publish the names of its sponsors and donors.

TIH's statement came after the international corruption watchdog Transparency International warned FIFA that one of the preconditions for membership of the organisation and financial assistance to national football federations was transparency.

Transparency International has published a survey on the transparency of FIFA's work and efficient and good management of funds awarded to national football federations around the world. The survey covered 209 national federations and 6 regional confederations such as UEFA, TIH said.

In the period from 2011 to 2014, FIFA granted each of the 209 national football federations around 2.05 million US dollars and an additional 102 million to each national confederation for the development of football.

Only 14 of the 209 national federations have published minimum information on their activities, expenditures and values they believe in. The survey included an anqlysis of publicly available information on financial and management regulations. As many as 21% of national football federations do not have a web site, 55% do not have a statute, 76% do not have a code of ethics, 81% do not have publicly available financial statements, and 85% do not publish annual reports on their activities, TIH said in the statement.

The survey shows that the Croatian Football Federation does not make its financial reports publicly available and it also does not publish annual reports on its activities.

Transparency International recommends that by changing its regulations FIFA should ensure that conditions for membership in that organisation and its financial assistance are transparently published information, supervision of the spending of funds at the national level, a publicly available data base and independent supervision of management and executive bodies of national federations, TIH said, calling on the HNS to immediately start making public information on how funds received from FIFA are spent.

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